The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) today met with the Chinese trade union the Guangdong Province Trade Union Council (GPTUC), affiliated to the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), on Sunday 16 May 2010.  The meeting was an ideal opportunity for the leadership to build a lasting relationship as well as for the Chinese delegation to learn from the South African trade union organisation.

The People’s Republic of China has ratified only four of the eight core International Labour Organisation (ILO) Labour Conventions, resulting in severe restrictions on trade union rights within China.  There is a great prevalence of child labour, forced labour as well as extreme discrimination in the country and determined measures are needed to comply with the commitments that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) members have accepted in Singapore, Geneva and Doha in the WTO Ministerial Declarations over 1996-2001, and in the ILO Declaration On Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

According to FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George, this was an important meeting in which FEDUSA as a South African Federation has the opportunity to influence the GPTUC to actively promote the ILO Conventions that have not been ratified by their Government at yet.

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