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Cleaners want a union to protect their rights

11 rubbish workers in BaoAn district in outer Shenzhen have announced to their boss that they want to start a union at their workplace. The initiative came from a 56 year old man, who has been involved in a union before at a garment factory where he worked as a warehouse manager. In one day, he rallied together 10 of his co-workers – four men and six women, with an average age of 50 years and very little formal education. Five of them are illiterate.

According to this very brief report, this is purely a workers’ initiative. The report doesn’t mention any prior support from the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) – as was the case with the Wal-Mart unions – or civil society groups. So this is great news that isn’t often seen in China.

Here is the translated article

Cleaners want a union to protect their rights
CLNT_Cleaners_union_BaoAn.pdf [86.91KB]
11名清洁工欲组工会维权: 市总工会表示支持
http://gd.news.163.com/07/0428/18/3D6F09790036008A.html

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