In June 2018, a group of Chinese truck drivers, overwhelmingly made up of rural migrant workers, staged wildcat strikes across China to demand better pay from a monopolistic, logistic, app-based platform. The strike wave intersects with two emerging phenomena in China: the rising employment in the logistics industry and the expanding platform-based economy taking over new and traditional sectors. As the locus of the Chinese economy shifts from manufacturing to service, understanding the nature and implications of the logistics workers’ organizing sheds light on China’s ever-evolving labor movement.
Mobilizing Truck Drivers in China: New Migrant Struggle and the Emergence of Infrastructural Capitalism
Kevin Lin, Pun Ngai; Mobilizing Truck Drivers in China: New Migrant Struggle and the Emergence of Infrastructural Capitalism. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 July 2021; 120 (3): 647–654. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-9155337
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