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Occasional Paper No. 6
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Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University
Workers and Commissars: Trade Union Policy in the People’s Republic of China by Merton Don Fletcher: This study is not an organizational or sociological work on trade unions in China. It is primarily a case study illustrating how changes in Chinese Communist Party political and economic orientations over time have been reflected in the Party's policy toward trade unions. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions and its branch organs ceased to function in December 1966, victims of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Only in 1973, following the rebuilding of the Party and the subsequent rehabilitation of mass organizations such as the Young Communist League, have trade unions reappeared. Thus, union policy in China continues to mirror broader policy developments.
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All-China Federation of Trade Unions, Union policy in China
Fletcher, Merton Don, "Workers and Commissars: Trade Union Policy in the People’s Republic of China" (1974). East Asian Studies Press. 27.
Copyright 1974 the Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University