Xizang trade unions get better protection, according to regional people's congress

China Daily Updated: 2024-01-26

Trade unions and their members in the Xizang autonomous region will receive better legal protection, with the regional legislative body recently announcing a revision of the Xizang Autonomous Region's Implementation Measures of the Trade Union Law of the People's Republic of China, which will take effect on Feb 1.

The revised measures were adopted at the Sixth Session of the 12th People's Congress of Xizang on Nov 29.

The Standing Committee of the People's Congress of Xizang and the region's Federation of Trade Unions have urged regional institutions to ensure implementation and raise awareness of the measures.

Tang Mingying, deputy secretary of the standing committee of the regional people's congress, said the new measures are collectively seen as a high-quality regulation that embodies the leadership of the Communist Party of China, reflects the will of the people and is in line with current development trends, providing robust legal support for trade unions in the region.

"Trade unions at all levels are called upon to diligently study, publicize and implement the measures, utilizing the rule of law to fulfill their responsibilities in safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of workers and serving the workers wholeheartedly," Tang said.

Tang, who also serves as the chairman of the region's trade union federation, said the announcement marks the first comprehensive revision of the trade union law since its promulgation and implementation in 2004.

The revision is seen as a significant achievement in promoting comprehensive and law-based governance in Xizang, reflecting the attention and support of various sectors for the work of trade unions in the region.

Consisting of five chapters and 39 articles, the revision calls for advancing the reform of the industrial workforce, strengthening the protection of the rights and interests of workers in new forms of employment, making efforts to improve the quality of workers' lives, establishing a mechanism to boost the welfare standards of workers, upgrading the system that facilitates meetings between the government and trade unions, and improving the treatment of trade union workers.

The provisions are meant to provide comprehensive and effective legal guarantees for trade union work.

The revised implementation measures aim to encourage trade unions at all levels in the region to fulfill their duties according to law, and they will provide strong legal guarantees for the high-quality development of trade union work and the industrial workers' cause in Xizang in the new era, Tang said.

"The implementation of the revised measures is considered an essential requirement for implementing the strategy of governing the country according to law and promoting the construction of the rule of law in Xizang," Tang said.

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