The All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) has a reputation for letting itself to be spoon-fed by the state and therefore it is not recognised by the international trade union movement. However, the banned Chinese activist Han Dongfang calls in the Guardian for seeking collaboration with the ACFTU. According to the activist, labour unrest has forced the ACFTU to focus more on the interests of workers. He argues that it is important to support the union in its course.
Han Dongfang says there is still room for criticism. For example, a spokesperson of the union would recently have reassured businesses: “unlike western unions, which always stand against the employer, Chinese unions are obliged to boost the corporation's development and maintain sound labour relations”.