Over 41 million migrant workers have joined the All China
Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), according to the union's
Trade unions across China have intensified their efforts to
recruit migrant workers and protect their interests against
unscrupulous employers, ACFTU officials said.
It is estimated that some 200 million rural labors are now
earning a life in Chinese cities. Most of them are employed in
dirty and backcracking jobs declined by city dwellers.
Migrant workers often work in bad working conditions and
underpaid. Many ever have their meagre wages held by employers.
ACFTU said it has helped 2.65 million migrant workers reclaim a
total of 1.7 billion yuan in withheld pay during the just past
Spring Festival season.
ACFTU registered a record 8.5 million migrant-worker members in
2006, and plans to recruit 10 million more in 2007.
ACFTU officials said their aim is to expand membership to all
the migrant workers in the next three years.
(Xinhua News Agency March 17, 2007)