2008: Party Member Migrant Workers: The Party Wants You!


Local Party organizations are making a parallel effort to bring in the migrant workers. Last week many newspapers carried an article discussing a joint notice from the Party Organization Department and Public Security calling for noting the “political face” 政治面貌 of people making a temporary registration. Local Party organizations to bring migrant worker Party members into their organizations and for the local government units including public security to give them favorable treatment on registration and other routine matters.
Xinhuanet is carrying a summary of a November 28, 2007 talk by Party Organization Department head Fu Sihe on improving services, education and management of Party members among the floating population given at a conference on management and education of Party members among migrant workers.
Fu quoted a 17th Party Congress document 党的十七大提出要“加强和改进流动党员管理,加强进城务工人员中党的工作,建立健全城乡一体党员动态管理机制”。

The Seventeenth Congress of the Communist Party called for strengthening and improving the management of Party members among the floating population, strengthening the management of Party members among those who come to work in urban areas, and built an unified organization for managing Party members that integrates Party members from both the city and the countryside.” Fu pointed that that there are 100 million migrant workers in China, one tenth of the population. Many Party members are among them. The Party needs them for work among the migrant workers/floating population and in private enterprises since the great majority of migrant workers work in private enterprises.
There are many well educated, influential Party members among the floating population whom the Party needs.
Local Party organizations should volunteer to help Party members in the floating population with problems like finding work and arranging schooling for their children. Both the area from which the migrant Party member comes and the one the member goes have responsibility for making service to migrant Party members a top priority.
The focus of this work are the four municipalities, the 15 “vice provincial level” cities, and the dozen other provincial capitals.

Recently, in an apparently parallel effort, elected representatives of migrant workers from outside the province joined the Guangdong Province People’s Congress for the first time.


About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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