Friday, December 31, 2010
The Strike in the Communist China
In school, students learn that labor strikes do not exist in Communist societies. According to Marxist theory, a strike can only exist in capitalist society where unions are the primary force to enforce the workers’ rights including wage hikes. Ironically, Honda Motor Corporation (Honda’s Chinese assembly joint ventures: Guangqi Honda Automobile and Dongfeng Honda Automobile) in Communist China faced worker strikes; the Honda operation was basically stopped since 27 May 2010. Honda began to offer a raise of 366 yuan (about 4,881 Japanese yen), and settle by offering a 24 percent pay raise to placate staff (Japan Times23 June 2010). Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer for Apple and Dell, has increased its wage as much as 70 percent. The image of the cheaper labor in China is not true anymore. As the Los Angeles Timesstates, “An inevitable consequence of a country’s economic development is that its workforce comes to expect more. More schooling, better jobs, more money. That’s what happened in the United States and Japan in the last century, and now it’s happening in China, which has seen a series of labor strikes at Honda Motor Co. factories and a spate of suicides at the electronic components plants belonging to Foxconn Technology Group.”
Labels: Marx movement
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.