Labor Unions to ‘Hire’ Leaders

China Daily reports on the newest developments for labor union leaders:

Labor union leaders across the country will receive their salaries from higher-level unions instead of companies that employ them by 2011, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) has said.

The move aims to free union leaders of dependency on their companies so that they can better protect workers’ rights.

“We have already invested 10 million yuan this year to experiment with the new system in 10 provinces and cities, where unions will hire professional leaders,” said Guo Wencai, director of the grassroots organization and capacity building department of the ACFTU.

The ACFTU also called for an increase in the influence of labor unions at a time when conflicts between employees and employers are at an all-time high.

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