DP15350 Trade Unions and the Welfare of Rural-Urban Migrant Workers in China
|Author(s):||Alison L Booth, Richard B Freeman, Xin Meng, James Zhang|
|Publication Date:||October 2020|
|Keyword(s):||China, Rural-Urban Migration, Trade union|
|JEL(s):||J5, O53, P21, P30|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics, Development Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=15350|
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.