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Labouring forward

Overview

China's new labour legislation, which enters into force on 1 January 2008, offers much greater contractual protection for workers, reflecting the authorities' awareness of the need to regularize the labour market, particularly for migrants. The key to its effect will, as always in the PRC, lie in implementation at the local level. The law is likely to strengthen the official trade union system, with no sign of independent organized labour bodies emerging.

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