Trade Unions and the Welfare of Rural-Urban Migrant Workers in China
50 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2020
Date Written: October 1, 2020
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.
Keywords: China, Rural-Urban Migration, Trade union
JEL Classification: J5, O53, P21, P30
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