Research and analysis

China - labour relations in Guangdong

This publication was withdrawn on 1 August 2016

This publication was archived on 1 August 2016

This article is no longer current. Please refer to Overseas Business Risk - China

Report from the Consulate General in Guangzhou on recent trends in labour relations in Guangdong province.


The number of strikes across China continued to increase in 2014 – trebling in the final quarter. The lion’s share took place in the southern province of Guangdong. Drivers of worker activism are diverse, reflecting increasingly complex demographic and social shifts. In response, the Guangdong government has released new regulations on collective bargaining which set out a framework for dispute resolution.