The collective wage bargaining round for the machinery sector in Dalian was recently conducted for the year 2014. There were nine employers’representatives headed by Liu Zhixuan, president of the Dalian Machinery Sector Association, while the nine workers’ representatives were led by Yang Qing, president of the Machinery and Heavy Industry Workers’ Union. The chief workers’ representative explained the wage increase demands of the workers in the 16 technical trades in the sector. After proper consultation, representatives of both sides determined that the minimum wage for these 16 trades should increase by 12% over 2013 levels, in line with economic development in Dalian, taking into consideration the actual situation of the employers and the needs of the workers, and with reference to the minimum wage adjustment in the city and the Notice of Dalian Municipal People’s Government on further easing the burden of enterprises. The chief representatives of both sides signed the Special Collective Wage Agreement (Draft) for the Machinery Sector in Dalian (2014), to be submitted to the workers’ congress of the machinery sector of Dalian for approval before its implementation in all enterprises in the sector.
In 2012, collective wage bargaining at the municipal sector level in Liaoning province was first initiated in the machinery sector in Dalian when the special collective wage agreement was signed. This year’s was the third annual round of collective wage bargaining in the sector. Before bargaining began, the Dalian Machinery and Heavy Industry Workers’ Union paid numerous visits to relevant workplaces for in-depth research into such issues as the highest, average and lowest monthly wages (excluding overtime pay) of the 19,541 workers in the 16 technical trades in the sector, and to collect information on economic development and the income levels of residents and workers and consult guidelines on corporate wage rises in the city, to ensure reasonable and evidence-based bargaining that could truly safeguard the economic interests of workers and promote fair shares in reform and development achievements for the benefit of the vast majority of workers.