Mary Gallagher examines increase in labor strikes in China

Mary Gallagher Associate Professor, Political Science Director, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

Mary Gallagher

Associate Professor, Political Science

Director, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

‘I think now we can have some confidence to say that it does seem like strikes are increasing.’ Gallagher also noted that that some of the high-profile strikes of the past few years weren’t always a matter of workers taking advantage of a better bargaining position gained through labor shortages and protective laws, but rather reactions to mergers and bankruptcies that had prompted project or factory shutdowns.