China Labour Quarterly
HKCTU Launches Global Action Week. International Solidarity for Arrested Labour Activist in China
The Jasic labour struggle in the late July 2018 had triggered a series of crackdowns on labour movement in China. The suppression is already beyond the Jasic incident itself. Some labor activists who did not involve in the Jasic struggle and media editors who concern workers' rights were also targeted. Under the development of this situation, the HKCTU calls for global solidarity to support the detained labour activists in China.
Suffocating the civil society in China and Hong Kong: Fugitive Offenders Ordinance will extradite Hongkongers to China, where rule of law is not protected
In recent months, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been pushing for the revision of Fugitive Offenders Ordinance (hereafter FOO). In just one month's time, the proposal has been tabled at Legislative Council for its first and second readings. The government explains such a proposal is a response to extradite a Hong Kong man to Taiwan, who is accused by the authorities there of murdering his girlfriend before fleeing to Hong Kong.
A Love Story Separated by High Walls
On the evening of 20 March 2019, Wei Zhili (Xiaowei), an editor of the "iLabour", an online media concerned about the rights and interests of Hunan's silicosis workers, was arrested by Shenzhen Police when he was on his way to his parents' residence in Guangzhou. The police also broke into his parents' home and searched for evidence.
Conspicuous in Spending but Miser on Workers: Chinese Enterprise Exploits Workers despite Profit Boom
Chinese enterprise Huawei Technology Co. was under fire since the arrest of its CFO Meng Wanzhou by the Canadian government and its lawsuit against the US government over the equipment ban some weeks ago. Meanwhile, the diplomatic crisis due to the arrest of Meng triggered a heated debate on whether Chinese-owned telecommunications companies are cybersecurity risks to the world.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 18
Guangzhou Panyu Simone Handbag Co. Ltd. (“Panyu Simone”) is a South Korean-owned enterprise that established in 1992. Earlier in March this year, more than 1000 workers from the factory went on a nine-day strike to fight for remuneration on pension and other work-related benefits. Throughout the strike, the workers displayed tremendous solidarity and finally forced the employer to respond their demands by means of collective bargaining.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 17
In the previous winter, Cai Qi, the new secretary of Beijing municipal communist party, forcefully launched three controversial policies in order to build an unprecedented “New Beijing”. These policies not only exposed the rashness of administration of the Xi Jin-ping regime, but also revealed the discrimination of municipal management against grassroots workers in China’s “new era”.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 14
“Law of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations Activities within China” (hereafter Foreign NGO Law) came into effect on January 1, 2017. Together with the “Charity Law” which became effective since 1 September 2016, these two laws were implemented within a few months to regulate activities of civil organizations. In line with Xi Jinping’s approach of “governing the country by law”, they restricted citizens’ rights by legal frameworks to achieve political stabilization.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 11
It is often reported that workers suffer from occupational diseases as they have worked in vile working conditions without adequate protective measures. According to the ILO, 6,400 people are killed in industrial accidents or by occupational diseases each day, in other words, each year, occupational hazards cost the lives of 2.3 million workers globally. Such a death toll is compatible to a full-scale war.1 Among the occupational hazards, occupational leukaemia, caused by exposure to toxic chemicals is the second leading killer in China.