Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law
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Research Handbook on Labour, Business and Human Rights Law

Edited by Janice R. Bellace and Beryl ter Haar

Inquisitive and diverse, this innovative Research Handbook explores the ways in which human rights apply to people at work, through national constitutional provisions, judicial decisions and the application of rights expressed in supranational instruments. Key topics include evaluation of the role of the ILO in developing and promoting internationally recognized labour rights, and the examination of the meaning of the obligation of business to respect human rights, considering the evolution from international soft law to incorporation in codes of conduct and the emerging requirement of due diligence.
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Chapter 11: Labor disputes in China from a fundamental labor rights perspective

Piotr Grzebyk


This chapter focuses on labor disputes regulations in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which are discussed as a part of the rule law, human rights and social stability discourse. The chapter is divided into two. A first introductory section discusses the current labor dispute settlement mechanism in the PRC through the perspectives of the government, workers, and trade unions. A second section explains why fundamental labor rights discourse does not serve as a useful point of departure for studying the PRC’s labour laws (including dispute resolution regulations) and analyzes the relationship between human rights protection and social stability strategy. It explores the logic of the rule of law discourse, which in the PRC attracts more of the government’s attention and scholarship than the concept of fundamental labor rights.

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