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While the authorities in southwestern China apparently thought their Cultural Revolution-style “shaming” was still effective, they found out how it backfired in the current economy and environment. As officials paraded eight workers through the streets, who had demanded back wages, the public turned the tables on officials and instead called for deadbeat bosses to be humiliated.

1. Why are wage arrears such a big problem for Chinese laborers?
2. What are some of the ways that workers have used to draw attention to wage arrears?
3. What is the Chinese government’s plan to deal with wage arrears in China’s slowing economy?
4. What is the solution for unpaid wages in the U.S.? What are some of the reasons that this or similar solutions are not proposed by the Chinese government?

Tang, D. (2016). Public sentencing of protesting workers backfires in China. AP Wire – Big story, March 25 (Retrievable online at fight