The All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) announced on April 21, 2014, that 278 female workers have won this year's 'May 1st Labor Medal'.
After a two month selection process, the ACFTU decided to award the 'May 1st Labor Medal' to 1,218 individuals and 305 collectives. In addition, the union also awarded 1,081 collectives the title of 'Worker Pioneer'.
Among the 1,218 individuals awarded, female workers, migrant workers and workers born in the 1980s and 1990s accounted for 22.82, 10.02 and 8.62 percent respectively.
The statistics also show that an increasing number of frontline workers and technicians won the medal this year, with 784 out of the 1,218 medal winners (64.37 percent) falling under these categories. The proportion is the highest in recent years.
The 'May 1st Labor Medal' is an award presented by the ACFTU to excellent individuals who have made outstanding achievements in technology, management innovation, economics and social development. It is one of the highest awards for Chinese workers.
From 1985 to 2013, a total of 27,641 individuals and 8,593 collectives were honored with the medal. The title of 'Worker Pioneer' was first bestowed upon outstanding collectives in 2008 and by the end of 2013, 8,084 collectives nationwide had received the honor.