At least 10 million migrant workers will be absorbed into trade
unions by the end of 2007, said an official with the All-China
Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) on Sunday.
The enrollment procedure will be further simplified and
incentive mechanism perfected in a bid to have all migrant workers
registered in trade unions within three years, said ACFTU Vice
Chairman Xu Deming on the sidelines of the annual session of the
National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference (CPPCC), the country's top advisory body.
Trade unions should be set up in migrant workers' hometowns to
facilitate their enrollment and they can transfer their membership
to the unions in the companies where they work to ensure they can
enjoy both preferential treatment as members of urban trade unions
and help from the unions in their hometowns, said Xu, also a CPPCC
National Committee member.
Currently, China has over 41 million migrant worker union
members, 8.5 million of whom were registered last year, according
China's large population of migrant workers, estimated at about
200 million with 120 million working in cities and the rest in
towns, is attracting more social attention as the country, in a
drive to build a harmonious society, endeavors to improve the
living conditions and social status of the once marginalized group
in recent years.
Since 2005, 41 migrant workers have been honored as "National
Migrant workers are also expected to have their seats in the
about-3,000-member National People's Congress, China's top
legislature, if a draft resolution on lawmaker election for next
year is passed by the NPC's annual session when it ends on March
The draft resolution stipulates that provinces and
municipalities with a large population of migrant workers should
have an NPC deputy quota for them.
(Xinhua News Agency March 12, 2007)