The All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) is the state-controlled trade union which represents most Chinese workers.[1] The organization employs about 500,000 cadre, and many more part-time cadre. There are over a million locals.

However, for the most part, Chinese workers look to independent labor NGO's for help in labor disputes.[2]


  1. "A Brief Introduction of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)" 2007-09-20
  2. "Cruel irony: China’s Communists are stamping out labor activism" op-ed by By Eli Friedman, Aaron Halegua and Jerome A. Cohen in The Washington Post January 3, 2016

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