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Tripartite consultation in China: A first step towards collective bargaining?
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2008
© 2008 International Labour Organization
International Labour Review
Volume 147, Issue 2-3, pages 231–248, June/September 2008
How to Cite
SHEN, J. and BENSON, J. (2008), Tripartite consultation in China: A first step towards collective bargaining?. International Labour Review, 147: 231–248. doi: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2008.00032.x
- Issue published online: 26 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2008
- collective bargaining;
- labour dispute;
Tripartite consultation has become widely established in China and is often referred to as “collective bargaining” by the Government and the All-China Federation of Trade Unions. This article reviews its development and structure, and examines its role in dispute settlement, labour regulation and collective bargaining. China's tripartite consultation system is found to differ from that advocated by the ILO due to its lack of neutrality and independent workers’ representation, poor legal enforcement of consultation outcomes, and restricted responsibilities. Notwithstanding these major deficiencies, the authors conclude, such tripartite consultation is a first step towards more genuine collective bargaining.