Voice vs. Decision Making Power. Labor force totaling 807,300,000 China maintains strong relationship with workers in specific job classes All Chinese Federation of Trade Unions losing power and prestige among working class. D istrust between workers and management.
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The Chinese Government and Party have long seen the ACFTU and other major social organizations as instruments of social oversight and control
“Classification and Control” ; “Harmonious Society”
In 2003, China’s Party and Government leaders faced with two major threats to social and political stability
Vast numbers of laid off workers
Migrant workers formed rights advocacy groups such as “co-villager groups”, “brotherhoods”, and “employee clubs”
“Decision Enhancing the Party’s Ruling Abilities”
Necessity to further consciously strengthen the authority of the ruling party and its governance of the people
“Concept of Rights Protection”
emphasized proactive, lawful and scientific rights protection that puts workers first
In reality, unions are limited to simply collating and appraising workers’ complaints, preparing reports for local party and government organizations and participating in local law and policymaking
A non-governmental organization founded in Hong Kong in 1994, China Labour Bulletin has grown from a small monitoring and research group into a proactive outreach organization that seeks to defend and promote the rights of workers in China.
Support the development of democratically run trade unions,
encourage respect and for and enforcement of the countries labour laws, as well as the full participation of workers in the creation of civil society
ACTFU's role has been blurred
Failed to encourage the development of grassroots unions
Adopted a top-down approach, imposing unions and collective contracts on enterprises without consulting the workers themselves
China’s workers are taking the streets in increasing numbers
Staging strikes, roadblocks and protests
Workers taking matters into their own hands