Analyzing Exploitation: The Mechanisms Underpinning Low Wages and Excessive Overtime in Chinese Export Factories

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Show simple item record Chan, A Siu, K 2011-02-07T06:27:20Z 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation Critical Asian Studies, 2010, 42 (2), pp. 167 - 190
dc.identifier.issn 1467-2715
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract The codes of conduct of Western brand-name corporations normally require supplier factories in the Global South to comply with the local country's minimum legal wage; the codes also often stipulate a maximum sixty-hour work week. But the problems of illegally low wages and overtime violations in supplier factories remain unresolved. This article uses survey data collected in a city in South China on workers' wages and work hours to show how legal minimum wage rates, which normally are expressed in developing countries as a monthly wage, obfuscate the level of wages paid to workers. This will be demonstrated by comparing two different payment systems: time rates (which predominate in the toy industry) and piece rates (which predominate in garment manufacturing). The differences in the compensation rates and work hours resulting from the two systems lead the authors to contend that countries in the Global South and the implementers of corporate codes should calculate minimum wages in terms of hourly earnings in order to make wage payments more transparent and help reduce exploitative practices.
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1080/14672715.2010.486599
dc.title Analyzing Exploitation: The Mechanisms Underpinning Low Wages and Excessive Overtime in Chinese Export Factories
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Critical Asian Studies
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 42
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Basingstoke, England en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 167 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 190 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1606 Political Science
dc.personcode 107217
dc.percentage 100 en_US Political Science en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (International)
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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