Why China is letting its digital slaves rise up

In one week in late April, the Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin recorded at least 29 instances of labour unrest in China. They included protests against unpaid wages at a recycling company, a taxi drivers' strike, two food delivery drivers' strikes, a protest over unpaid pensions at a mining company and a sanitation workers' strike over non-payment of overtime and other wages.

None of these incidents was reported in China's state-run press. Details emerged only on social media and, if posted on China-based platforms, were soon deleted.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2019, with the headline 'Why China is letting its digital slaves rise up'. Print Edition | Subscribe