Trade Unions (工会) in China in Theory and Practice

  • When:
    Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Where:
    British Chamber Shanghai - We suggest that you enter the ZhangYuan community from the north gate on Taixing Lu (near Wujiang Lu)., 上海英国商会 (建议从泰兴路上的张园入口进入)
    No.9, Sub-lane 56, Lane 590, Weihai Lu, Jing'an District
  • Price:
    RMB 150 including breakfast, coffee & tea. Members only.

This event is of interest to HR, in house legal department and senior management at foreign companies / MNCs with operations in China. 

The Chamber's Legal and HR Focus Groups jointly invite members to join this morning session for an understanding of the role of Trade Unions (工会) in the Chinese workplace and how to interact with trade unions in various scenarios.

The session will start with Jasmine Chen, Legal Director, China for Weir Group, who will present an overview of the legal aspects of trade unions including its structure under PRC law as well as sharing practical aspects of dealing with trade unions. Jasmine's talk will cover the following:

  • When are trade unions required in China and what is involved in setting up a trade union?
  • How are unions typically organised?
  • Who are the key decision makers in a union and what are their roles?
  • How do employers typically interact with unions? 
  • Best practices of dealing with a union

Following Jasmine, Annie Li, Senior Associate from the employment team of EY Law Firm, will introduce the legal requirements and practical aspects of dealing with unions during the daily company management. Annie’s talk will mainly cover the role and significance of trade union in employee management and company business operations/decisions process as well as related judicial cases sharing.


8.00-8.30am Registration & Networking
8.30-8.35am Opening Introduction
8.35-9.30am Presentation with Q&A
9.30-10.00am Networking

Location of the British Chamber Shanghai Office - we suggest that you enter the ZhangYuan community from the north gate on Taixing Lu (near Wujiang Lu)

New office map - Jun

No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. No-shows without prior notification will be charged a no-show fee of RMB100. 

Walk-in Policy: Please note that members who attend the event without prior reservation will be charged an extra walk-in fee of RMB50 if spaces are still available.

Speaker Introduction

Jasmine Chen (Moderator)

Legal Director, China, Weir Group

Jasmine is the Legal Director, China for the Weir Group and is based in Shanghai. She is responsible for legal, compliance and regulatory matters for the group in China. Among her various responsibilities, Jasmine is responsible for advising the business across different divisions on employment related legal issues providing strategic and practical advices. She regularly advises the business on various kinds of employment issues such as employment contracts, employee benefits and social insurance, disciplinary and termination issues, employee handbook enforcement, collective employment agreements, employee-related issues in restructuring and employment disputes. She is also proactively engaged in communications and training for HR function on legal issues. She has launched regular HR roundtable discussions with HR function to share latest legal updates on employment issues and discuss with HR re practical employment issues the business is facing. Before joining the Weir Group, she has worked for a leading global law firm for about 10 years with strong corporate and employment law background.

Annie Li

Senior Associate, Employment Law, Chen & Co. Law Firm

Annie is the senior associate from the employment team of Chen & Co. Law Firm, which is the alliance law of EY in China. She has more than 9 years of experience in employment law practice and is familiar with both the legal requirements and practical solutions in China. She is experienced in handling the drafting of various employment documents, advises on all aspects of employment law, social security and issues related to trade union and collective bargaining as well as assists with labor dispute resolution. She had assisted multinational clients across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, finance, IT, pharmaceutical, marketing research and retail, etc.

Before joining in Chen & Co, she was working for two law firms which are focusing on employment and labor law service for MNCs.

Event contact

Hilary Wu