2014-2018 ACFTU Plan on Further Promoting Collective Bargaining

Explore innovative forms of advocacy. We should make extensive contact with a variety of media resources and expand our advocacy channels to include microblogging, chat and messaging and other emerging online media and modern communications channels, exploring innovative forms of advocacy that conform to the demands of the mass media, that workers are eager to use and that are readily embraced by society, so as to expand coverage, enhance the effectiveness of advocacy and maximize social consensus.


Institutional guarantee

Support by the ruling party and the government. FTUs should report to the party committees and inform government at the appropriate levels about the progress of collective bargaining work, as well as difficulties and problems that they are expected to help with through platforms such as party committee meetings and joint meetings between government and trade unions. They should urge local party committees and local government to include collective bargaining as an indispensible factor in economic and social development plans, a necessary index of the comprehensive evaluation of sustainable development, and an essential measure of deepening income distribution reform. Collective bargaining should be envisaged as a component of such plans and of a comprehensive overall reform strategy. Greater efforts should be made to promote collective bargaining and carry out inspections of compliance with collective agreements, forming a work pattern whereby the party and government take the initiative, trade unions work with all social partners in facilitating the work, and workers and employers interact with each other in a spirit of good will.

Place collective bargaining at the top of the agenda. Trade unions at all levels should fully recognize the significance of promoting collective bargaining both from the strategic viewpoint of the party and government and within the overall situation of trade union work. We should be clearly aware of our responsibilities, our mission and the urgency of pushing forward collective bargaining. Placing collective bargaining at the top of the work agenda for trade unions, we should develop clear accountability and coherent measures and allocate personnel and resources for collective bargaining. FTUs and national industrial unions should formulate their own plans of work in line with the reality of their region or industry so as to overcome difficulties and resolve problems encountered in collective bargaining in a comprehensive and coordinated way, and their plans of work should then be duly implemented. More support and resources in terms of human capital, materials and financing should be provided for collective bargaining. Trade unions should consolidate their internal forces, optimize resource allocation and make concerted efforts to deepen the development of collective bargaining. Unions should, from the bottom up, enhance their communications on promoting collective bargaining. Those at upper levels should provide more support and services to their subordinates in terms of technical guidance, information dissemination and experience sharing.

Use tripartite mechanisms effectively. We should urge the social partners to include collective bargaining among the priorities for tripartite work, and improve long-term mechanisms for promoting collective bargaining through the joint efforts of the social partners by defining responsibilities, developing work plans and creating synergies. The social partners should promote and provide guidance for collective bargaining through jointly issued documents, joint research and joint training programmes and find solutions to the general and specific problems occurring in the process of promoting collective bargaining on a regular basis. Trade unions everywhere should use the power of tripartism to enhance analysis and judgement on trends in labour relations, and issue regular reports on labour costs, the average wage, overall business performance and other information related to collective bargaining to support it with information and data. They should work with the government and urge it to adjust minimum wage standards in a timely manner and publish wage guidelines; ask labour administrations at all levels to include collective bargaining in labour inspection and compel employers that refuse to engage in collective bargaining to remedy this; and invite all types of employers?organizations at the various levels to strengthen their positive guidance to enterprises on collective bargaining.

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  Source: ACFTU  2015-02-10


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