How labor disputes are processed in China?

All labor disputes are required to be handled according to law and in a timely manner. Chinese government encourages both parties in a dispute to solve their problems through negotiation and consultation.

Chinese laws and regulations clearly define the procedures and government bodies in charge of the settlement of labor disputes. According to the regulations, whenever a labor dispute arises between a worker and an enterprise, either party may apply to the labor dispute mediation committee for mediation. If the mediation fails or if neither party wants mediation, then they may apply to the local labor dispute arbitration committee for arbitration. If either party is not satisfied with the decision of the arbitration committee, he or she may file a lawsuit with a people’s court.