The All-China Federation of Trade Unions wants to recruit more than 10 million rural migrant workers as trade union members this year, an official said yesterday.
“Only by absorbing more migrant workers into trade unions can we better protect their rights and interests in a legal and orderly way,” said Chen Ruiguo, an official with the federation’s Grass-Roots Organization and Capacity Building Department.
Chen said that because trade unions had not been effective enough in organizing, workers in certain areas had reacted to violations of their labor rights in disorderly and radical ways.
Chen said 41 million migrant workers had joined trade unions by the end of last year, and that the federation’s ultimate goal was to attract “the largest number of migrant workers possible” into trade unions. [Full Text]