A strike by the country’s largest railway workers has delayed a planned strike scheduled for the beginning of next year.
China Railway Construction Corp., China’s largest operator, has agreed to extend a strike scheduled from Feb. 16 to Feb. 24 to give workers time to gather materials and prepare to strike.
Workers were due to go on strike after a new contract was signed on March 3, but the contract has yet to be approved by the National People’s Congress, the countrys legislature.
The labor union’s leadership said on Thursday that it would strike in the event of a new strike.
China’s labor market is expected to remain robust until the end of 2019.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that only 23 percent of Chinese people think that labor relations are getting better, and that 70 percent of the country is dissatisfied with the economy.
China is struggling to revive a sluggish economy that has been hurt by an influx of overseas tourists and a sharp drop in exports, a drop that has pushed up the price of living.