Beijing. President Xi Jinping urged China’s trade unions on Monday to firmly uphold the leadership of the Communist Party of China and step up efforts to safeguard the legitimate interests of workers.
Trade unions should unite workers in motivating them to render meritorious service in the new era and step up guidance in political thought, according to Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, as reported by China Daily.
Xi spoke while meeting with the new leadership of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions.
The federation, the world’s largest trade union, elected Wang Dongming as chairman at the closing of its 17th national congress last week.
Xi said the working class must serve as the major driving force as the country makes efforts to realize goals and tasks set in the 19th CPC National Congress.
Trade unions should host competitions of various kinds to promote high-quality development and establishment of a modern economic system, he said.
They should also prioritize efforts to strengthen the competence of industrial workers and accelerate the development of a more educated, skilled and innovative workforce, he noted during the meeting.