Friday, July 5, 2013

Chinese Workers in Africa

Chinese engineers' compound on road to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Flickr/George Lamson
Yejoo Kim, research analyst at Stellenbosch University's Centre for Chinese Studies, wrote an interesting commentary published on 10 June 2013 titled "Chinese Workers in Africa: Risking More, and Hoping To Earn More."

It focuses on the growing backlash in Africa against Chinese working conditions. Kim points out that Chinese companies have replicated throughout Africa working conditions that exist in China. These conditions are sometimes harsher than those experienced in Africa. While the often poor conditions apply to both African and Chinese workers, Chinese continue to accept them as they often earn twice what they could earn in China. Because there is growing criticism of these Chinese working conditions in Africa, the Chinese government is encouraging its state-owned enterprises to respect local regulations.

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