China’s Massive Gig Economy

In 2016 and 2017, thousands of disgruntled workers at the Sino-German car giant FAW-Volkswagen (Changchun) held a series of protests. They were so-called “dispatch workers,” paid by a subcontracting agency rather than the employer to whose workplace they reported every day. They protested over their unequal treatment in terms of pay compared with directly employed counterparts at the company.

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