Unceasing Suppression on Labour Movement: Crackdowns on Labour Rights Activists in China Since 2015
Since 2015, labour movement in China has entered a harsh winter. This article summarizes the suppressions on labour struggles since December 2015 for a better understanding of the situation on China’s labour movement in recent years.
A Letter from Detained Labour Activist Wu Guijun's Wife Exposes China's Hypocrisy
On March 13, 2019, detained Chinese labour activist Wu Guijun’s wife, Zhou Yuzhi, takes a swipe at government officials by posting a handwritten letter on WeChat, reiterating that her husband’s arrest is a violation of basic labour rights and civil rights.
Chinese Government: Repression as the Only Answer to Labour Resistance
Starting from the beginning of 2019, labour activists in Southern China have been facing a new round of repression. The Chinese Government launched a cross-provincial detention, taking away five labour activists, Wu Guijun, Jian Hui, He Yuancheng, Song Jiahui and Zhang Zhiru in Changsha, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. As most of the detainees were disallowed to meet with their lawyers in the past month, very limited information is known.
Re-education Camps in Xinjiang Turn Ethnic Minorities into Cheap Labour
Chinese Government has been long suppressing Uyghurs and Muslims from other ethnic groups in Xinjiang, using the excuse of “fighting against extremism” while practicing cultural genocide, despite the attention it receives from the international community. It even built numerous “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, which function like the “concentration camps” of Nazi Germany, to force ethnic minorities to work at minimum costs.
AFCTU unconcerned as resistance of take-away deliverers continued
Online take-away business has boomed in all major cities in China in recent years, forming a group of million “take-away bros” among the urban dwellers. Online take-away business has brought significant impact to urban life and the traditional catering industry. Urban citizens manage their meals with mobile phone apps, and restaurants are extending their production chain to serve orders placed online.
HKCTU's Representative Spoke at the United Nations, Calling International Attention to Labour Rights in China
On 9 November 2018, the United Nations conducted the third Universal Periodic Review (hereafter UNUPR) on China's human rights conditions (including Hong Kong and Macau Special Administration Regions). Before the official UNUPR, civil society bodies are invited to Geneva, to express their views on the human rights conditions in the country which is going to be reviewed, so that other member states could make recommendations to that country during the review process. HKCTU is one of the six civil society members, which was invited to speak at the UNUPR pre-session on 9 October 2018.
More than 10 members of Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group were arrested. Including NGO workers in Pingshan and local union officials.
After the “successful end” of the 17th National Congress of the All China Federation of Trade Unions (hereafter: ACFTU), people who involved in the Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group (hereafter: Support Group) were suppressed by the Chinese Government. On 9th November, the police in Guangdong Province broke in the Support Group members’ house in Guanzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, and arrest the members.
Years of Missing Social Security Contribution in Hong Kong-Owned Factory ACFTU Ignored Workers’ Call for Help
All China Federation of Trade Unions (hereafter: ACFTU) is the only legal and recognized trade union organization in the mainland China, as China’s Trade Union Law restricts workers to organize independently. Very often when workers seek help from the ACFTU, its unsympathetic attitude turns workers down and they would then take collective action to resolve the problem. A recent labour action in Panyu Tongrong Electronic Co. Ltd. illustrates such a phenomenon perfectly.