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China's trade union chief urges ILO to play bigger role in global governance

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21:21, November 29, 2011

Wang Zhaoguo (R), chairman of the All China Federation of Trade Unions, shakes hands with Juan Somavia, director-general of the International Labor Organization (ILO), in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's trade union chief on Tuesday called on the International Labor Organization (ILO) to play a bigger role in global governance amid the international financial crisis.

The ongoing financial crisis has exposed limitations in the structure of global governance and the financial system, and had effects on workers' employment, payment and social security all over the world, said Wang Zhaoguo, chairman of the All China Federation of Trade Unions as he met with Juan Somavia, the ILO's director-general.

"The ILO should play a bigger role in participating in global governance and prompt the world economy to develop in a balanced way," Wang said.

Wang said more efforts should be made to increase international labor organizations' say, especially that of trade unions in developing countries, in global governance to lead the international order in a fairer and more rational direction.

The most fundamental means to address the current challenges, Wang said, is to create value and wealth with honest, hard and creative work.

Hailing the exchanges and cooperation between China's trade unions and the ILO, Wang also briefed the guests on the Chinese government's and trade unions' efforts to protect workers' rights in the country.

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