Reconciling work and family: issues and policies in China

This research aims to discuss the variations and implementation of relevant policies for coordinating work and family responsibilities in China when it is at a stage of social transformation and economic transition, the existing conflicts and the main reasons, the needs and desires of workers, and on this basis, explore the possibility of policy recommendations for reform and improvement.

The ILO makes a clear statement in the Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention, 1981 (No. 156), and its accompanying Recommendation (No. 165) on reconciling work and family and providing the social environment and conditions for equal employment opportunity and treatment for men and women workers with family responsibilities in order to eliminate discrimination in the labour market and enhance labourers’ capability of work and quality of life. It is also a responsibility of the governments of ILO member States.