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Title: Trade Unions and the Welfare of Rural-Urban Migrant Workers in China

Author(s): Alison L Booth, Richard B Freeman, Xin Meng and James Zhang

Publication Date: October 2020

Keyword(s): China, Rural-Urban Migration and Trade union

Programme Area(s): Development Economics and Labour Economics

Abstract: Using a panel survey, we investigate how the welfare of rural-urban migrant workers in China is affected by trade union presence at the workplace. Controlling for individual fixed- effects, we find the following. Relative to workers from workplaces without union presence or with inactive unions, both union-covered non-members and union members in workplaces with active unions earn higher monthly income, are more likely to have a written contract, be covered by social insurances, receive fringe benefits, express work-related grievances through official channels, feel more satisfied with their lives, and are less likely to have mental health problems.

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Booth, A, Freeman, R, Meng, X and Zhang, J. 2020. 'Trade Unions and the Welfare of Rural-Urban Migrant Workers in China'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.