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Unions push for collective wage bargaining (2)

By  Chen Xin  (China Daily)

08:51, August 30, 2012

"Labor is not a commodity. All laborers should be respected and earn due wages according to the value they produce," he said. "Every worker should benefit from collective bargaining, which has yet to be set up in many places."

Mahadevan said 85 percent of workers across the globe are not covered by collective wage bargaining.

Minimum wages and other basic rights of workers could be guaranteed by conducting collective negotiations and dialogue between workers and employers, he said.

But he said it's not that easy to quickly introduce collective bargaining because employers are profit-driven and many make profits by cutting costs of production and paying low wages to workers.

"So such a profit model should be changed, and unions should play a more important role in this regard," he said.

Mahadevan said it is a common responsibility of trade unions in all countries to defend workers' labor rights and interests, and "unions should actively participate in the formulation of international rules to ensure that the benefits of global economic growth are shared fairly and reasonably among workers of all countries, particularly those in developing countries."

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