2014-2018 ACFTU Plan on Further Promoting Collective Bargaining

Build collective bargaining teams

Expand the team of collective bargaining instructors. We should enhance capacity building for collective bargaining instructors, especially full-time ones. We should work in accordance with the ACFTU Opinions on Strengthening Capacity Building for Full-Time Collective Bargaining Instructors (ACFTU [2012] No. 45) to equip FTUs with full-time instructors having the required qualifications: two to three full-time instructors for each provincial FTU, more than three for each municipal FTU and two to three for each county FTU. Wherever conditions permit, FTUs can gradually employ more instructors according to their own conditions.

Manage and use collective bargaining instructors effectively. Provincial FTUs should develop measures to improve their management of collective bargaining instructors and deploy and utilize them effectively; make timely work arrangements, exchange information, study and resolve problems and organize debriefing meetings for them; define objectives and tasks for them in a scientific and efficient manner, so as to give them corresponding rights and responsibilities and put a system of accountability in place; establish scientific assessment criteria and methods and make decisions on renewal of employment, dismissal or work adjustment on the basis of regular assessment; and give appropriate encouragement or material rewards to those demonstrating outstanding performance.

Support capacity-building efforts for collective bargaining instructors. FTUs above county level should allocate special funds to capacity building for full-time collective bargaining instructors. They should make sure that the funding is increased to keep pace both with the economic and social development of the region and with the growth in the number of instructors and better instruction levels. Wherever conditions permit, they should steadily enhance their support and allocate more resources to the work of collective bargaining instructors.

Establish a sound expert guidance mechanism. In accordance with work needs, FTUs should gradually establish and improve expert instruction mechanisms such as the collective bargaining expert advisory committee and steering team to engage experts and scholars regularly in collective bargaining policy consultation, work guidance, lectures and training, and research and studies. Wherever conditions permit, FTUs can actively seek special funds from the government to purchase the professional services of relevant experts and professional institutes outside the union system.

Expand training on collective bargaining skills

Provide training at various levels. FTUs should fulfil their responsibilities for providing training at their respective levels. They should organize annual training programmes for trade unionists responsible for collective bargaining and for workers?chief bargaining representatives. They should train newly employed collective bargaining instructors near their workplaces within six months after their posting. Enterprise unions should organize intensive training for workers?representatives on collective bargaining every year. We should organize the writing of training materials providing theoretical explanations and case analysis, identify training content for different groups of participants according to their characteristics, and constantly enhance the relevance and effectiveness of training.

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  Source: ACFTU  2015-02-10

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