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Comparison Essay

  • Submitted by: SimplyShavon
  • on February 19, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 5,602 words

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The Irony of the Cranes:
      Labour Issues in the Construction Industry in the New China

      Photo: Charles Costello

      Charles S. Costello III

        The Irony of the Cranes: Labor Issues in the Construction Industry in the New China

        Charles S. Costello III
        Communications Director
        Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3
        University of San Francisco
        MAPS graduate Asia Pacific Studies

        Note: This paper is a work in progress. Specific areas in which my research will continue include the impacts of guanxi on labour relations in China, safety and compensation issues in the construction labour, focusing on the build up to the Olympic Games.

        Abstract

        The crane has been an ancient symbol of longevity in China carrying with it intimation of distinctive principles of ancient China; harmony, patience and graceful coexistence with nature. It is ironic that the construction crane is the new symbol of a changing land, where old hutong neighborhoods are disappearing as fast as the bird and its habitat. Is this new crane helping to create a harmonious society, as the Hu-Wen administration would have you believe? The economic boom fueled in large part by the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games brings with it many new construction jobs, labor issues and in some cases new forms of corruption.   Does this development reinforce solidarity and good working conditions in a country where unions are largely controlled by the government? Or do business networks, guanxi, continue to dominate business relationships and hamper the achievement of good working conditions? These questions will be examined, including issues such as corruption, safety and working conditions. Comparisons to labor issues in the United States will be included.

Introduction
      The crane has long been an ancient symbol of longevity in China. Bronze cranes grace the entrance of many of the buildings around the Forbidden City and...

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