Two major Chinese employers’ organizations team up to strengthen collective bargaining

News | 08 August 2019
Beijing (ILO news) – On 6-8 August 2019, the China Enterprise Confederation (CEC) and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), the two major Chinese employers’ confederations, organized a training session for their HR managers in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region with the support of the ILO.

The objective of the training, attended by 50 participants, was to exchange views and perspectives in order to increase the effectiveness of collective bargaining processes. The training was also a key output of the MoU signed between the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the ILO on promoting harmonious labour relations in China.

“This meeting is an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices in order to get the full and active support of employers for collective negotiations,” said Youngmo Yoon, the ILO Specialist on Social Dialogue and Labour Administration. During the two and half days, national and international experts shared views and experiences over a number of topics such as workplace issues to be negotiated, the legal framework for collective negotiation in China and the benefits of it for employers.

Participants’ evaluation of the training was very positive. Mr Cao Jiawei from Jiangsu Peier Group said that after the two days he became aware that collective bargaining is indeed in the interest of employers, as it can protect companies and help them generate profit. Ms Zheng Hong from Jiangsu Federation of Industry and Commerce was worried at the beginning that the training may not meet practical demands. But after, she felt her mind-set has been broadened and her skills upgraded.

The highlight of the training was the mock negotiation session, which looked like a real bargaining process with participants playing both management and workers’ representatives. Many participants underlined in their evaluation that they benefited greatly from that particular session as they came to experience that collective bargaining is not just about bargaining skills, but it is also about creative thinking, leadership and cooperation.

The ILO will continue to support its partners for the promotion of collective bargaining and harmonious labour relations in China.