China's ACFTU wants
to learn from SAK how to promote
Helsinki (21.08.2012 - Juhani Artto) A delegation from China's union
confederation ACFTU visited Finland last week and met with Lauri Lyly, the
President of Finland's largest union confederation SAK. According to SAK,
the Chinese were primarily interested in SAK's experiences in the promotion
employees' rights, and through that avenue, the well-being of the entire
"It is important to find a balance whereby sufficient economic growth
the well-being of companies. Then these companies can afford to pay proper
salaries to their employees", says Mr. Wang Ruisheng, the Vice-President of
ACFTU in a short interview published by SAK.
"Our most important task is to establish trade union organizations also in
non-government owned companies", he adds.
SAK and ACFTU have enjoyed bilateral relations for many years now. SAK's
leadership representatives and experts visited China last spring where they
met ACFTU representatives. In 2008, the Presidents of all the Finnish union
confederations SAK, STTK and Akava visited China.
SAK's starting point is that open dialogue is the best way to promote the
renewal of China's official trade union movement and thereby have an
impact on working conditions in China.
"The Finnish trade union movement has every reason to monitor working life
matters globally. Contacts with the Chinese trade union movement increases
our knowledge of the current situation in the Chinese labour markets, says
Katja Lehto-Komulainen, SAK's director of international affairs.