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    :: Monday, November 13, 2006 ::

    Look For the Union Label - By John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel
    The blossoming labor movement in China, which in September claimed the scalp of the world's biggest retailer, is a direct result of government concern about rising worker unrest that has sparked hundreds of disturbances a day across the country.

    Surprising just about everybody including the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, which pulled it off, Wal-Mart in September signed an agreement to allow workplace union branches at 22 Wal-Mart supercenters in China, despite the fact that the retailer had pulled out of markets in South Korea and Germany because of the pressure to unionize.

    The labor federation is hardly an independent union. It is regarded as a lapdog of the Communist Party. And in fact, according to an American labor lawyer who does work in China, it was the party that prodded the union into its confrontation with Wal-Mart.
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