However, the ACFTU
has its own institutional agenda, seeking to increase its influence while fulfilling its formal responsibility of representing the workers in such a way as to minimize conflict between workers and the party.
During the bargaining between ACFTU
and enterprise management, the local governments' preferences might also play an important role.
However, Dan Harris, a partner at Harris & Moure and co-author of the firm's China Law Blog, says that although the Communist Party wants China to believe the unions have teeth, union issues have never come up for any of his corporate clients in China and he believes the ACFTU
is controlled by the government.
is considered the largest labor organization in the world, with a membership of almost 170 million, more than 500,000 full-time officials, and more than 1.
Many younger labour scholars seek to promote a less rigid and autocratic relationship between the party-state and the ACFTU
so as to promote union autonomy and the long-term interests of workers.
Subsequently, the ACFTU
announced it would "blacklist" any foreign company refusing to let its workers unionize.
44) "Official Union Recognition Strategies in China: A Case Study of the Crisis Facing the ACFTU
However, the ACFTU
is not a member of the International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), as the ACFTU
is not an independent organi-sation from the government and the State.
For example, ACFTU
Chair Wang Zhao Guo is a Politburo member in the party system and concurrently vice-chair of the National People's Congress (NPC), while the China Enterprise Confederation and China Enterprise Directors Association (CEC-CEDA) President Wang Zhong Yu was a former CC-CPC member and government minister.
There is no doubt that the current leadership of ACFTU
is committed to the top-down approach to industrial relations and implicitly or explicitly supports the state repression of industrial conflict and social protest, which has prevented the emergence of independent trade unionism.
On the second day of the strike, the Zhuhai City Labor Bureau and the ACFTU
A 1993 ACFTU
survey identified Kader as one of the province's harshest employers; daily wages were 52 to 64 cents, less than half the official minimum wage.