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From Iron Rice Bowl to InformalizationMarkets, Workers, and the State in a Changing China$
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Sarosh Kuruvilla, Ching Kwan Lee, and Mary E. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450242

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450242.001.0001

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Enterprise Reform and Wage Movements in Chinese Oil Fields and Refineries

Enterprise Reform and Wage Movements in Chinese Oil Fields and Refineries

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(p.83) Chapter 5 Enterprise Reform and Wage Movements in Chinese Oil Fields and Refineries
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From Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization
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Kun-Chin Lin

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450242.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the Chinese oil and natural gas industry, highlighting the growing variation in wages within the industry. This is a nationally important industry whose employees have hitherto been protected from market fluctuations and have traditionally enjoyed better than average wages and benefits. However, a state-sponsored restructuring divided the industry into a core of highly profitable companies and a group of noncore service companies. The noncore companies work under semi-feudal arrangements with the core companies, which have resulted in a duality of increased wages and job security at the core firms versus a high degree of employment uncertainty in the noncore firms. State-owned capital is the original driving force behind this transformation, although it has since been fueled by international capital, which has invested in the core, publicly listed firms.

Keywords:   wages, Chinese oil industry, Chinese gas industry, labor market, industry restructuring, reorganization

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