Event on Labour Relations hosted by the German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing

Event: Social Justice and Trade Unions

During a Kammerdinner-event hosted by the German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing Mr. Christoph Pohlmann, Resident Representative for China of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, presented a speech on Trade Unions and Workers Participation in China and Germany.

FES China informed the participants about labour relations in China.
Photo: An audience of about forty persons took part in the event, where Mr. Christoph Pohlmann, Resident Representative for China, FES and Dr. Zhang Li, Chairperson of the Company Trade Unions, Siemens Ltd.

The German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing in regular terms organizes an event called Kammerdinner with changing topics. On June 10th 2015 the chosen topic dealt with labour relations in China and Germany.

The two main speakers of the evening were Mr. Christoph Pohlmann, Resident Representative for China, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Dr. Zhang Li, Chairperson of the Company Trade Unions, Siemens Ltd. China.

Christoph Pohlmann focused his presentation on the German system of labour relations and also explained the Chinese system and the differences in important characteristics of the two systems. The concept of trade unions and works councils in Germany, their various tasks and responsibilities were among the most important features addressed within the speech. The means of democratic management in Chinese companies and further aspects of the Chinese system of labour relations were displayed.

Photo::In the picture Mr. Christoph Pohlmann is captured explaining the important culture of co-determination in German companies during his speech.
Photo: In the picture Mr. Christoph Pohlmann is captured explaining the important culture of co-determination in German companies during his speech.

Dr. Zhang Li illustrated the development, challenges and opportunities of the work of a Chinese company trade union using the example of Siemens Ltd. China. During the discussion that followed, the participants used the opportunity to raise questions and discuss issues concerning their own companies and work life.

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