China’s Construction Industry is on the Verge of a Great Transition

Construction industry workers in Beijing have been working under the constant threat of strike for over two decades, but it’s not a one-way street.

The Chinese government has just begun to allow more construction sites to open up, and it’s expected to become a major driver of economic growth in the country, as China’s infrastructure is increasingly being built on the back of public investment and a growing middle class.

As the government seeks to shift the construction industry from an investment-driven to a consumption-driven model, the question is: how does this transition affect workers?

And how does the country’s construction sector play out now that the government has loosened its grip on the industry?