Category Archives: labor

Long work hours do not work in China anymore – Shaun Rein

Tech companies in China became big by asking their workers to make long hours, 996 in jargon. But those days are over says business analyst Shaun Rein to CBS. Not only is it illegal to let people work those long hours, but qualified workers also leave their jobs, because they want to have a life next to their work too.

Working 996: it’s complicated – William Bao Bean

Workers in China’s tech industry have been fighting the long work hours they make, the 996 – nine to nine working, six days a week. It’s difficult, admits William Bao Bean, managing director of startup accelerators Chinaccelerator and MOX, in the Asia Nikkei. The art for leaders at startups is motivating their teams.

Labor market is down, and consumer market follows – Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein, Shanghai-based author of the bestseller, The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, has for a long time been a bull on China’s economy. But now he sees the labor market going downhill, and consumer appetite following suit, he tells in Forbes.

Blue-collar workers: a hidden force in consumption – Shaun Rein

Blue-collar workers in China have started to make a lot of money, but are mostly ignored as a force in domestic consumption, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to CGTN from Shanghai. The focus is on billionaires or youngsters, but the fast emerging wealthy blue-collar workers are forgotten, he argues.

No children’s day for left-behind ones – Zhang Lijia

June 1 is Children’s Day in China, but for those left behind at the countryside, there is no Childrens’ Day, writes author Zhang Lijia in the South China Morning Post. Earlier she wrote Lotus: A Novel on prostitution in China and is currently working on her next book on left-behind children.

In China’s working culture, time’s are changing – William Bao Bean

For a long time, working around the clock – from 9 to 9, six days a week known as the 996-rule – was common in China’s startup working culture. But those times are changing, says SOSV managing director William Bao Bean, a leading voice in China’s startup scene to the BBC. “China has moved from a society that was told what to do, to one that is doing what it wants to, and that’s also a millennial thing,” he says.

US tries to win a trade war it lost decades ago – Shaun Rein

The Trump team trying to negotiate the next phase of a trade war has arrived in Beijing. But Donald Trump is trying to win a trade war the US lost already decades ago, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to Marketplace.

Women benefited less than men from China’s progress – Zhang Lijia

China’s economy went uphill dramatically over the past decades, but women profited less than men, writes author Zhang Lijia of Lotus: A Novel, on prostitution in China. It is time the government starts to enforce its own laws and regulations on gender discrimination, she tells in the South China Morning Post. 

Jack Ma, do not leave women behind – Zhang Lijia

Gender discrimination is commonplace in China, out of line with international agreements and practices. Author Zhang Lijia asks Alibaba’s chairman Jack Ma, and other tech companies like Tencent, and the government, to end rampant discrimination against women on the work floor, for the New York Times.

Employment rates: improved but still a political tool – Arthur Kroeber

China has greatly improved its unemployment statistics, compared to the past, but they still do not give the real picture, says leading economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know®, to the South China Morning Post.  State intervention would still be a factor, he said.