Based on long-term fieldwork in multiple locations, our paper questions the approach that posits a Chinese model of work and employment relations as increasingly externalized and dominating worldwide. It does so by focusing on Europe and discussing two labour regimes considered as typically Chinese: the Chinese-owned fashion workshops in the Italian fashion industry, and the Foxconn electronics plants in the Czech Republic. Our findings bring new insights to bear on issues for which research is still thin on the ground and challenge the hypothesis of a ‘Chinesisation’ of work and employment practices in Chinese-owned small firms and MNCs operating in Europe. We move the focus away from the simple analysis of firm management prevailing in the literature and suggest that in order to understand the firm’s behaviors the role of the state, the unions, the migrant workers and the role of temporary work agencies should all be taken into consideration.

A CHINESE MODEL FOR LABOUR IN EUROPE?

ANTONELLA CECCAGNO;
2020

Abstract

Based on long-term fieldwork in multiple locations, our paper questions the approach that posits a Chinese model of work and employment relations as increasingly externalized and dominating worldwide. It does so by focusing on Europe and discussing two labour regimes considered as typically Chinese: the Chinese-owned fashion workshops in the Italian fashion industry, and the Foxconn electronics plants in the Czech Republic. Our findings bring new insights to bear on issues for which research is still thin on the ground and challenge the hypothesis of a ‘Chinesisation’ of work and employment practices in Chinese-owned small firms and MNCs operating in Europe. We move the focus away from the simple analysis of firm management prevailing in the literature and suggest that in order to understand the firm’s behaviors the role of the state, the unions, the migrant workers and the role of temporary work agencies should all be taken into consideration.
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