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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-19
The Labor Inspection System in China: Its Role in the Labor Dispute Settlement Framework


The rise of labor disputes has become a social issue in China. The Labor Law provides three main routes for settling labor disputes: mediation, arbitration and litigation. However, they are insufficient for coping with the newly emerging issues. China promulgated the Regulation on Labor Security Inspection in 2004 and gave the authority of inspection to the labor administration body.

The main objective of labor inspections is to prevent violations of the law by enterprises, but they also have the function of providing relief to laborers. Therefore, the strengthening of labor inspection system should ease the rise in labor disputes. The objective of this study is to examine the role of the labor inspection system in the framework of the labor dispute settlement system in China.

The study will analyze: (1) the position of labor inspections in labor administration, (2) the scope of labor disputes which fall under the jurisdiction of the labor inspection system, and (3) the percentage of labor disputes that are settled though the labor inspection system, in order to grasp the structure of the labor inspection system and its actual situation.


April 2007 - March 2008


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