Recently, the Hainan Trade Union Federation declared 2014 “The Year of Serving Migrant Workers”. At a launching ceremony co-sponsored with the provincial TV station, Chen Qing, vice-chair of the federation, said that trade unions should explore ways to organize migrant workers and expand their membership to 200,000 in 2014.
It is reported that the trade union intends to raise the curtain on a whole new suite of plans to help migrant workers fulfil their dreams. Under the plans, 1,000 migrant workers will obtain professional credentials or college degrees, and 10,000 will switch to other jobs or start up their own businesses. In addition, the trade union will stage special job fairs to promote employment in the hope of getting 2,000 migrant workers back to work.
Over the past few years, the trade union has launched a series of initiatives to address the concerns of workers and cater to the needs of enterprises. So far, its membership has surged to 1.5 million. In the meantime, more than 30,000 enterprises in the province, 92% of the total, have established trade unions.
“We have set up a leadership group to ensure that the work goes smoothly and help is available to every migrant worker in their time of need,” Chen Qing said.