I posted recently about Wal-Mart’s union woes (see here). China Daily has today reported that staff at Wal-Mart’s branch in Jinjiang, Quangzhou (Fujian province) have set up a union – the only one (so far) in Wal-Mart’s 59 stores in China.
A representative of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) said the move was “a milestone for the unionization of foreign-funded enterprises in China”. The report added that only about 26 percent of foreign-invested firms in China have unions. The ACATU seems keen to boost the figure (ideally by making unions compulsory), and to bring foreign firms into line.
Wal-Mart establishes first trade union in China