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FT: Foxconn to hold groundbreaking 'democratic' union vote after Lunar New Year

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 8:41am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 February, 2013, 9:25am


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From the Financial Times today

This would be the first such exercise at a large company in China, where labour unions have traditionally been controlled by management and local government. Foxconn is the country’s largest private sector employer with 1.2m mainland workers.

China abroad

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Columbia Journalism Review
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China at home

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Useless Tree
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