ACFTUChina faces unprecedented challenges as it industrialises, leading to the largest rural-urban migration in the history of the world.

One aspect of this dramatic shift has been the battle to lift energy production. Part of the challenge for unions has been to improve health and safety “at the coal face”.

Dave Feickert‘s excellent paper below will tell you more about China’s problems in the mining sector. Dave recently reported that Chinese and New Zealand unions have jointly run the first union-led mine safety programme in the country. The programme compared records for the industry in several countries and also looked at environmental issues, worker compensation and accident rehabilitation. A copy of the proceedings, including presentations and a meetings’ summary in English and Chinese, can be downloaded here.