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Unions to set up teams for worker protection

By Zheng Caixiong (China Daily)

09:15, February 23, 2012

GUANGZHOU - Guangdong's provincial federation of trade unions will establish a team of more than 10,000 labor and capital coordinators to help mediate industrial disputes and protect workers' legal interests this year.

"The coordinators will help local companies standardize their operations and improve management of workers," according to Yao Wenjun, an official from the province's federation of trade unions.

"In addition to officials from labor departments and trade unions, the coordinators will include experienced lawyers, experts and special personnel who have the expertise of human resources and business management," Yao told China Daily on Wednesday.

The special coordinators who are sent to irregularly visit local companies also have the obligation to promote labor laws and relevant regulations among employers and employees, he added.

The recruitment of the special coordinators follows a growing number of industrial disputes in recent years in the southern province, home to myriad foreign-funded companies, joint ventures and private firms, local media reported.

Earlier this week, a senior provincial Party official urged trade unions across the province to provide more legal aid to migrant workers from around the country in recovering their arrears of pay.

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