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Unions Need to Talk

International Union Rights

Quan, Katie. Unions Need to Talk (2004). International Union Rights. Vol. 11, Issue 4.
Courtesy of The International Centre for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR).

With the end of the Multi-Fiber Agreement (MFA), we can expect a dramatic acceleration of the practice of US apparel industry outsourcing. The article argues that, though there are big problems with Chinese unions, it is time to undertake more serious engagement with Chinese unions, especially the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU, China’s official union). Unions must unite workers across borders in order to regain the leverage that was lost when corporations outsourced.