Wal-Mart Gets Union

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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.

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5 Responses to “Wal-Mart Gets Union”

  1. Jeremy Gordon Says:

    Note that a second Wal-Mart (in Shenzhen) has now started a union. Will the floodgates open?

    Wal-Mart China employees set up second union
    Reuters – USA
    SHANGHAI, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Employees of retail giant Wal-Mart (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) have set up their second trade union in China, pushing towards …
    http://today.reuters.com/news/articleinvesting.aspx?view=CN&storyID=2006-08-05T043730Z_01_PEK331394_RTRIDST_0_RETAIL-CHINA-UNION.XML&rpc=66&type=qcna

  2. Jeremy Gordon Says:

    It seems there are now 5 stores with unions. I suspect the number will grow, nad not just at Wal-Marts.

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  5. Jeremy Gordon Says:

    The New York Times reports on 13 october that all 66 Wal-Mart stores in China have now got union: http://www.nytimes.com/glogin?URI=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/business/worldbusiness/13union.html&OQ=_rQ3D1&OP=262041cfQ2FtQ7DGltQ26ui65uuXQ2BtQ2B))ktQ2F)tQ2FQ60tlr6LEG66tQ7Du5cQ26lr6LEG66tQ2FQ60rELuEMFXdc

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