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UPDATED: 15:44, October 21, 2004
Some foreign enterpriese in China refuse to establish trade union
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Some multinational corporations' enterprises in China openly resist establishing trade unions, reports Legal Daily.

With deepening of reform, the non-public economy in China has undergone rapid development, which gives rise to number of employees in foreign-invested enterprises and private enterprises. By 2003, there are 734, 000 non-public enterprises in China with member of labor union of 24. 879 million. However, establishment of labor union encounters resistance in some enterprises.

The Wal-Mart China has 37 stores in 18 cities including Shenzhen, Dalian, Kunming, Beijing, Xiamen, Fuzhou and hires 19, 000 Chinese employees. But none of the stores has labor union. The Municipal labor union in Shenzhen, Dalian and Kunming had contacted with the Wal-Mart stores before, but all of them resisted establishing of labor union. Their reason is Wal-Mart has no tradition to establish labor union, so China is not an exception. Officials with the labor union of Shenzhen Municipality say they find difficulties in contacting Wal-Mart headquarters, for the staff there often make excuses by saying the manager is not in China.

Kodak (Xiamen) Company Limited has been resisting establishing labor union for a long time. Kodak said establishing labor union organization is an internal affair of labor union. It has nothing to do with enterprise. Any organization cannot use the name of Kodak for it is the company's brand. The labor union organization cannot be called labor union of Kodak; the company will not provide offices to labor union; the labor union is not permitted to locate its offices in the premises of the company; nor will the management of Kodak allowed to participate in activities of labor union. So far labor union is not established in Kodak.

Other enterprises that have not established labor union include Dell computer Corporation, eight subsidiaries of Samsung, MacDonald and KFC restaurants in most provinces and some well known foreign and private enterprises such as Shenzhen Foxconn, Guangzhou Zhentai Group, Suzhou Delta Electronic Co.,Ltd, etc.

Guo Wencai, head of the grass root organization department of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions suggests putting more efforts in establishing labor union by law; penalizing typical cases according to law so as to build authority and dignity of law, clear out and eliminate obstacles in establishing labor unions.

By People's Daily Online

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