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All-China Federation of Trade Unions

Female Fujian party chief Sun Chunlan popular

Women hold up half the sky, as the traditional saying goes, but in Chinese politics they account for only a slice of it.

Monday, 22 October, 2012, 8:01am

Strikes expose fatally flawed union system

'Every month we pay five yuan out of our pockets to the union, but I don't know what for,' fumed a worker at the Honda Auto Parts factory in Foshan, Guangdong, where workers went on strike last month.

23 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Huawei halts lay-off plan after criticism ahead of contract law

Telecommunications hardware giant Huawei has suspended a controversial plan to persuade thousands of long-serving employees to resign ahead of a new labour law after the All-China Federation of Trade Unions stepped in.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Union can do better on work safety, says premier

The mainland's only authorised trade union belongs to the workers and it will play a bigger role in monitoring workplace safety, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday.

Asked when Beijing would allow free unions organised by workers, Mr Wen said: 'In China, workers have their own organisation and it is not organised by employers.'

15 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Unions have vital role during transition

As China's economy moves away from top-down planning and domination by state-owned companies, complications over workplace safety and other labour rights will grow. Unions and labour groups can play an important mediating role in this area, and recent changes made at the All-China Federation of Trade Unions gathering in Beijing represent a step in the right direction.

29 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

A victory for workers

As China approaches entry into the World Trade Organisation, it is inevitable that direct foreign investment into the country inevitably will increase exponentially. One issue that has only recently begun to receive some long overdue attention is that of effective representation for the tens of millions of people working in manufacturing industries.

23 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Unrest rises as losses hit pay

WORKERS unrest spread in China's northeast Shandong province in the first six months of the year as businesses found it increasingly difficult to pay their employees.

Official statistics show the number of complaints by workers in the province soared between January and June.

21 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Wider role for unions urged

THE low rate of unionisation in foreign-funded enterprises in central Hubei province is the reason behind serious abuses of labour rights, the Hubei Daily said yesterday.

15 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Huge rise in labour unrest

CHINA last year reported a dramatic upsurge of labour disputes, indicating that widespread discontent exists among the labour force.

The alarming increase in labour disputes was revealed in a recent conference in Beijing at which the participants called for better co-ordination between the Government and labour unions to protect workers' interests.

2 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

Union move for foreign enterprises

FORTY per cent of foreign-owned enterprises in Shenzhen will be unionised in a bid to calm industrial disputes.

And the municipal Government will also set up a fund to protect workers against wage defaults.

Official figures show that in the past two years, there have been 1,100 labour disputes, strikes and go slows, in the Special Economic Zone.

25 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

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