Turning Associational Power into Workplace Institutional Power? the Case of Migrant Workers in China
This article also examines if migrant workers are able to convert their self-organized associational power into workplace institutional power, defined as workers’ collective power, recognized by employers, that aims to influence employment terms and conditions on a regular basis. This will help us understand, at the conceptual level, the relations between these two types of power, what conditions are warranted for converting worker self-organized associational power into workplace institutional power, and what obstacles to such conversions are.
Data of this article was collected from 2010 to 2017 through two major means. First, the author interviewed over 100 migrant workers, labor NGO staff members, and labor experts in China. Second, the author conducted participant observation in worker meeting, strikes, collective disputes, and worker gatherings.