On 14th of October, the ETUI in collaboration with the Institute for European Studies of the University Saint-Louis Brussels organised a seminar on the Chinese economic transformations and labour: The new roles of trade unions.
Prof. Nai Xiao Zhu, Director of European Union Research Center, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China talked about the differences between trade unions in China and Europe in high technology companies. She referred to a case study in Kaishui, where companies, together with trade unions, put into place an emotion quality management to keep workers and employees satisfied and happy in their work.
Prof. Dexue Liu, Vice Dean, College of Economics, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China discussed the role and characteristics of trade unions in labour-intensive enterprises. He assessed the situation in China and the development of its economy in the last 20 years and found out that there is a positive correlation between trade union presence and higher wages in China.
The debate was animated by Prof. Jean-Christophe Defraigne, Université Saint-Louis, Brussels who commented on the presentations and pointed out the main differences between Europe and China.
Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI)