Social Justice and Trade Unions

Social Justice and Trade Unions - Chen Hui - Eating workers on Expo construction site
Photo: © Chen Hui | Eating workers on Expo construction site

Promoting social justice and strengthening trade unions

Social security systems are an indispensable part of a just society. Comprehensive social security systems help reduce the vulnerability of the population and ensure an equal share of economic growth within the whole society. FES aims at fostering a dialogue between European and Chinese experts about effective, inclusive, sustainable and solidarity-based social security schemes. Thematic and methodical capacity building of relevant social and political stakeholders contributes to the collective development of a sustainable welfare model in China.

Trade unions and FES have common roots in the labour movement and share similar values to establish a socially just society in Germany and worldwide. China’s policy of reform and opening up and its integration into the world economy came along with challenges for its industrial relations. Therefore FES China works together with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) and think tanks in order to modernize these relations by protecting workers’ rights and enhancing the capacities of trade unions at all levels, in particular by further enhancing the bilateral dialogue between German and Chinese trade unions.

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Preparatory workshop for the 3rd Sino-German Trade Union Forum

Renowned German labor law professor Dr. Wolfgang Däubler and Dr. Christian Weis, international secretary of the German Metalworkers' Union (IG Metall), visited Beijing and met with trade unionists and scholars.

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And the travelling exhibition continues ... Opening of the exhibition in the library of Beijing Foreign Languages University

Following the official project cycle, the travelling exhibition on the social history of Germany is continuously displayed in China. On July 10th the exhibition was officially opened in the library of Beijing Foreign Languages University.

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China Visit of IG Metall Representative Christian Weis

Christian Weis, representative of IG Metall, and Chinese Trade Union actors exchanged ideas, discussed current and future challenges and strengthened cooperation in Beijing and Shanghai between June 28th and July 4th 2015.

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Reconciliation of Family and Working Life in China and Germany

Work-life balance or reconciling a successful professional career with a rich family life is a topic of growing importance in both China and Germany. In the course of the opening of the travelling exhibition on the social history of Germany in Chengdu a roundtable discussion on the topic took place.

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

Mr. Christoph Pohlmann participated in a Kammerdinner-event on the topic of The Chinese Trade Union Policy on June 10th 2015. He presented a speech on Trade Unions and Workers Participation in China and Germany.

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