About 35 percent of Chinese migrantbuilding workers have joined trade unions, a step forward towards securing migrant workers' rights.
Of the 40 million migrant construction workers in China, about 30 percent or more than 11 million, have joined in the local tradeunions, said Li Changchun, a spokesman of the All-China Federationof Trade Unions.
"The migrant building workers have received less education and thus their rights are more easily infringed upon," he said.
China has placed more emphasis on absorbing the increasing number of migrant workers as trade union members in recent years.
"Enrolling in the trade unions, the migrant workers can receivemore protection of their rights such as getting payments on time and being covered by work safety insurance," Li said.