Performance Pay and Representation for China’s Teachers

Yi Long

China’s Staff and Worker Representative Congress System and the Management of Teachers’ Performance Pay” (DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2021.1996620) is a new article by Yi Long of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, Chris Nyland of the Monash Business School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Xin Fan, also from the School of Public Affairs and Administration University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

Chris Nyland

The abstract for the paper states:

Xi Jinping’s government has curtailed some of the ways that China’s workers formerly influenced the management of their workplaces while promoting other forms of rank-and-file participation in enterprise governance. Numerous studies have documented the forms of worker activism that have been curbed but few have discussed the state’s efforts to bolster alternative forms of participatory management.

Xin Fan

This article addresses this imbalance with evidence that the Staff and Worker Representative Congress system has been empowered under the Xi government in ways that amplify the voice of China’s workers within their enterprises. In advancing this argument, the example of school congresses and the determination of teachers’ performance pay is used. Based on interviews, the study suggests that congresses further the ability of teachers to deliberate, decide and manage the metrics that determine the distribution of performance pay and resolve milder forms of workplace grievances. The findings lend credence to commentators who have suggested the congress system may emerge as a substantial feature of China’s industrial relations system.

Employee participation, teachers’ performance pay, Staff and Worker Representative Congress, China

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