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Unions push for collective wage bargaining

By  Chen Xin  (China Daily)

08:50, August 30, 2012

Chinese trade unions are urging enterprises nationwide to introduce collective wage bargaining to help raise workers' wages and protect their rights, said the country's top trade union official.

"We pay great attention to ensure the interests and rights of workers and we work hard to bring the benefits of economic development to all workers to promote social justice," said Wang Zhaoguo, chairman of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, when addressing an international forum on economic globalization and the role of trade unions in Beijing on Tuesday.

Chinese trade unions believe collective bargaining between workers and employers is the most efficient way to help workers seek higher pay and boost sound labor relations.

The federation has a target to introduce collective wage negotiations in 80 percent of corporations that have unions by 2013.

Also attending the forum, Hariharan Mahadevan, deputy secretary-general of the World Federation of Trade Unions, said job losses, low pay and insufficient social security coverage are challenges workers worldwide face as the global economic recovery is still sluggish.

"With the backdrop of this economic situation, we should bring unity to more workers. In many parts of the world, such integration is going on. For example, in India, more trade unions are joining hands to fight for workers' basic interests such as higher minimum wages and employment maintenance," he told China Daily.

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