Mobilizing Truck Drivers in China: New Migrant Struggle and the Emergence of Infrastructural Capitalism

Kevin LIN, Ngai PUN

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review

Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-654
Number of pages8
JournalSouth Atlantic Quarterly
Volume120
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • China
  • logistics workers
  • platform economy

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