At the invitation of ACFTU, Ms. Maria Helena André, Director of ILO Bureau for Workers’ Activities(ACTRAV), has paid the first visit to China in her new capacity from 2nd April to 5th April, 2014. A ACFTU/ILO-ACTRAV seminar on “Changing Industrial Relations and the Economic Crisis” was held in Beijing on 3rd April, 2014.The seminar has brought together 36 participants, including experts from ILO Office for China and Mongolia and ILO ACTRAV, colleagues from ACFTU headquarters and industrial unions, scholars from academic circle as well as representatives from local branch unions, economic development zones and enterprises unions.Participating experts compared notes on a wide range of issues, ranging from labour relations and green employment to the role of trade unions under the shadow of the financial crisis, in a bid to hammer out solutions.
The meeting followed the signing by the ACFTU and the ILO of Memorandum of Understanding to officially launch the 2nd phase(2014-2016) of South-South Cooperation with the theme on capacity building for Asia-Pacific unions.Under the cooperation framework, it’s envisaged that 9 regional seminars will be held in Asia-Pacific and one international seminar on wage-setting held in Turin Center. ACFTU is fully committed to, through South-South Cooperation, advocating ILO principles and values, enhancing the capacity building of Asia Pacific trade unions, and promoting decent work in this region.
During her visit in China, Ms. Maria Helena has visited Beijing Economic Development Zone and held exchange with union officials on issues such as wage levels and adjustment, membership fees, democratic management and collective bargaining. She noted that it was a pragmatic, fruitful and successful visit to China and with the increasing importance and role played by Chinese trade unions in international trade union movement, ILO will be dedicated to sustained cooperation with ACFTU in jointly addressing challenges in the world of work.