Post-Socialist Trade Unions, Low Pay and Decent Work: Russia, China and Vietnam

This is a three-year project, starting in October 2005, as part of the ESRC Non-Governmental Public Action Programme.

The project is directed by Simon Clarke and Tim Pringle at Warwick and is being conducted in collaboration with local research teams in Russia, China and Vietnam, co-ordinated by ISITO in Moscow and AMRC in Hong Kong and VietLabour in Hanoi. King-Chi (Chris) Chan, Sun Zhaoyang (Jeremy), Do Quynh Chi and ShiHao Kang have been conducting their doctoral research in association with the project, though without project funding.

The original application can be found here.

Case Study Reports

The research is centred on a total of sixty case studies of trade union best practice across the three countries, supplemented with background reports on the trade union environment.  Most of these reports can be accessed here.

The following papers and publications have been prepared on the basis of this research.

Simon Clarke, ‘The Changing Character of Strikes in Vietnam’ Post-Communist Economies, 18, 3, 345-61, September 2006

Simon Clarke, Chang-Hee Li and Do Quynh Chi ‘From Rights to Interests: The Challenge of Industrial Relations in Vietnam’, Journal of Industrial Relations, Spring 2007.

Simon Clarke, ‘Trade Unions in Russia, China and Vietnam’, Historical Materialism Conference, London, 9 November 2007. Slides

Simon Clarke and Tim Pringle, ‘Labour activism and the reform of trade unions in Russia, China and Vietnam’, NGPA Labour Workshop, 10 December 2007. Slides

Tim Pringle: ‘Trade Union Renewal and Workers Activism in China and Vietnam’  IHLO Conference: ‘Labour Dynamics inside China Key union approaches and priorities’,  Hong Kong,  January 2008

Tim Pringle, 'Trade Union Renewal in China and Vietnam?' 26th International Labour Process Conference, 18th-20th March 2008, University College, Dublin

Simon Clarke. 'How non-governmental is non-governmental public action' NGPA Theory Seminar 8-9 May 2008.

Simon Clarke and Tim Pringle, Trade Unions in Russia, China and Vietnam: From Governmental to non-Governmental Public Actors, NGPA Research Paper 22.

Simon Clarke and Tim Pringle, 'Can Party-led Trade Unions Represent Their Members?' to appear in Post-Communist Economies, 2009

Quynh Chi Do, The Challenge from Below: Wildcat Strikes and the Pressure for Union Reform in Vietnam, Paper presented to Vietnam Update 2008 Conference, Labour in Vietnam, 6-7 November 2008, The Australian National University, Canberra

Chris Chan: 'Strike and changing workplace relations in a Chinese global factory', Industrial Relations Journal 40:1, 2009 60–77

Chris Chan:  ‘Emerging Patterns of Workers’ Protest in South China.’  Peripherie, Vol. 111, August 2008 (in German) and Warwick Working Papers 2009

Chris Chan and Pun, Ngai ‘The Making of a New Working Class? a study of collective actions of migrant workers in South China. China Quarterly 2009 (Paper also presented to  American Sociological Association, 2008)

Chris Chan: The Challenge of Labour in China: Strikes and the Changing Labour Regime in Global Factories. PhD Thesis. University of Warwick. 2008

Shih Hao Kang Workers and Their Organisations. PhD Thesis. University of Warwick. 2008

Козина И. Корпорации, трудовые отношения и профсоюзы – вариант России // Мир России, № 1, 2009.

Козина И. Постсоветские профсоюзы//Отечественные записки, №36(3), 2007. с. 94-108. ISSN 1683-5581

Козина И., Виноградова Е. Защищенность населения в сфере труда и институты защиты трудовых прав. Всероссийская научно-практическая конференция «Социальные проблемы труда в условиях перехода к инновационному развитию общества. Санкт-Петербургский госуниверситет, Санкт-Петербург, 24-26 апреля 2008 г. В сб.: Социальные проблемы труда в условиях перехода к инновационному развитию общества / Под общ. Ред. Р.В.Карапетяна, А.А.Русалиновой, Б.Г.Тукумцева. СПб, 2008. с. 272-278. . ISBN 978-5-288-04607-0

Козина И.М. Трансформация трудовых отношений в условиях глобализации. XVI Кондратьевские чтения «Человеческий капитал: мировые тенденции и российская специфика» Международный фонд Н.Д. Кондратьева, Институт экономики РАН и Экономический факультет Московского государственного университета им. М.В.Ломоносова. Москва 19 ноября. 2008г.

Козина И.М. Защищенность российского населения в сфере труда. Научно-практический семинар «Социально-экономическая защищенность населения РФ: измерения и международные сопоставления», ИУСП, Москва, 15 мая 2008 г.

Л.М. Чеглакова, Профсоюз в Транснациональной Компании (на примере металлургического завода), Экономическая социология.  Т. 9. № 2. Март 2008, с. 46-55.

Vadim Borisov and Petr Bizyukov, ‘Ситуация с оплатой труда в странах СНГ  и действия профсоюзов, направленные на достижение достойной заработной платы (The Pay Situation in the CIS Countries and Trade Union Action Aiming to Achieve Decent Pay’). Presentation to the International Metalworkers’ Federation Sub-Regional Meeting in Minsk, Belarus, 29th September 2008

A book has been published on the basis of the Russian case studies:

И.Козина, Е.Б. Плотникова, Е. В. Плотникова, И. Германов, П.Бизюков, В.Бизюкова, С. Кларк: Профсоюзы на предприятиях современной России: возможности ребрендинга, М.: ИСИТО, 2009 (I. Kozina, E.B. Plotnikova, E.V. Plotnikova, I. Germanov, P. Bizyukov, V. Bizyukova, S. Clarke: Trade Unions in the Enterprise in Contemporary Russia: Possibilities of Rebranding, Moscow, ISITO, 2009).