Union Employment Assistance Month, launched by the ACFTU, kicked off in Shijiazhuang, a city close to Beijing, on March 2, 2015. At the kickoff ceremony, ACFTU Vice-Chair Jiang Guangping called on trade unions at all levels to help ease job-hunting pressure faced by workers and labour shortage that is gripping the country’s industry.
Jiang underlined the need for trade unions to step up employment services, job training, entrepreneurship promotion activities and joint efforts by colleges and enterprise to promote student employment.
580 enterprises from seven provinces and cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Inner Mongolia, Shandong and Jiangsu set up stands, offering more than 70,000 jobs in such industries as manufacturing, auto, photovoltaics and catering.
To improve the skills of workers in industries beleaguered by overcapacity so that they can find new jobs, trade unions set up special areas to offer a range of services such as training courses for domestic helpers, workshops on entrepreneurial skills as well as employment and policy consulting.
In addition to job fairs, trade unions created a hiring website(www.riritiao.com) in February 2015. The website runs 24 hours a day, releasing employment information trade unions gather from employers all over the country.
Established in 2011, Union Employment Assistance Month has run for four years. It is dedicated to migrant workers, unemployed workers, college graduates from struggling worker families as well as workers laid off from industries struggling with overcapacity.
Up to now, trade unions around the country have hosted 34,255 job fairs, finding jobs for 5.725million people. In addition, they offered training to 3.129 million people and handed out 3.367 billion yuan in small loans.