Migration and Labour Politics in the Context of Industrial Relocation to Western China: The Regulation of Migrant Labour in Chengdu and Chongqing
Against this background, the paper will provide an empirical investigation into processes of industrial relocation to the emerging industrial centers of Chengdu and Chongqing. Based on the analysis of first-hand Chinese-language sources, semi-structured qualitative interviews with local state officials as well as trade union and NGO representatives, the paper aims to provide answers the following central research questions: What effects does industrial relocation have on the transformation of local labour relations and protest patterns of migrant workers? What strategies does the local state in Chengdu and Chongqing employ in resolving strikes and other forms of migrant labour protest? Do the latter differ from protest patterns and state-labour relations in China’s coastal regions, and what are the underlying reasons for similarities and differences?