The All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) is the state-controlled trade union which represents most Chinese workers. The organization employs about 500,000 cadre, and many more part-time cadre. There are over a million locals.
However, for the most part, Chinese workers look to independent labor NGO's for help in labor disputes.
- "A Brief Introduction of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU)" english.acftu.org 2007-09-20
- "Cruel irony: China’s Communists are stamping out labor activism" op-ed by By Eli Friedman, Aaron Halegua and Jerome A. Cohen in The Washington Post January 3, 2016