IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

The New Tasks for Chinese Trade Unions


  • Sergio Grassi


Chinese trade unions are under severe pressure to adapt to the new industrial-relations situation in China. On the one hand, they are still expected to fulfil their traditional role as the party’s ‘transmission belt’. On the other hand – since, in the course of economic reforms, market-oriented enterprises are becoming more and more dominant as a pillar of China’s economic growth – there is an increasing necessity for the offensive representation of workers’ interests. The self-conception of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) therefore encompasses a double identity as both a part of the state apparatus and the workers’ representative. At the same time, due to the progressive diversification of forms of enterprises, unions are currently confronted with a comprehensive structural change in the Chinese employment system. Hence, they now have to organize their members in non-traditional sectors such as private industry, the service sector, and among so-called informal employees. Meanwhile, the ACFTU strives to broaden its future ability to manoeuvre through its involvement in the drafting of new labour laws.

Suggested Citation

  • Sergio Grassi, 2008. "The New Tasks for Chinese Trade Unions," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 37(1), pages 139-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:37:y:2008:i:1:p:139-161

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:37:y:2008:i:1:p:139-161. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Karsten Giese) or (Heike Holbig). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.