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Role Conflict of Trade Unions in China: A Perspective on "puppet" mechanism

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DOI: 10.25236/aepss.2017.125


Mengdi Li

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Mengdi Li


The most essential responsibility is keeping in close contact with the staff and protecting their rights in case of infringement since the establishment of the trade union. At the same time, the construction of the trade union is an important prerequisite to build harmonious labor relations and deal with labor disputes. However, the system of Chinese trade union is not perfect at present. In fact, there are still many problems in the process of protecting rights. The most significant is the conflict of roles of trade union. From the point of the government, the most important mission is maintaining social stability while the significance of trade union in the company is ensuring a well-regulated production environment. Of course, you can’t ignore the most essential functions of the rights. The conflict of the three different status makes it difficult to determine the object of service in the process of solving the labor dispute. Although trade unions have made remarkable achievements in the course of development, however, in terms of their own identity, more similar to the "puppet", the relatively poor initiative. On the other hand, with the advent of the Internet era, the We-Media has been booming, which brings new challenges. The traditional working methods has been unable to effectively provide services, seriously hindered trade unions play a substantive role in the coordination of labor relations. Therefore, it is necessary to adjust in time to establish a more scientific, mature and stable trade union system, otherwise it will affect the credibility of trade unions, so that workers have a crisis of confidence.


We-Media, Trade union, Role conflict, Puppet mechanism.