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.
Another Jasic Struggle confession footage emerges: Ideological struggle drawing a veil over class warfare
On 2019 March 2nd, another round of Jasic Struggle confession footage appeared online. However, the content diverged significantly from the past emphasis on “foreign forces ” ulterior motives.
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.
Free the detained labour activists. Let them go home for New Year.
Starting from July 2018, a series of collective actions has broken out as workers at Jasic Technology decided to organise their own union to safeguard their rights. At the moment of writing, 53 people are behind bars because of their involvement with or support for Jasic workers, including sympathetic students or graduates, NGOs' workers or unionists at the grassroots level. At the same time, Chinese Government detained five labour activists on 20 January 2019. Details are not yet known, but it is reported that two of them would be charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb social order
Detained Members of Support Group of Jasic Workers Seemed to “Pledge Guilty” in Videos
In recent days, there have been rumors that the Chinese Government were forcing the student activists from various universities' Marxist Societies to watch a “confession” video of detained members of Support Group of Jasic Workers. In the evening of 29 January, members of the Support Group released the audio clip and transcript of the above-mentioned video.
In Solidarity with the Detained Jasic Workers: The Fight for Freedom of Association is Not a Crime
The Hong Kong civil society continues to lend their support to the Jasic workers struggle. In solidarity with the detained Jasic workers and their supporters who fought for their rights to unionization, 30 representatives from Hong Kong civil society marched on to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HHKSAR to demand the release of all labour activists.
Spirit of Peking University disappearing 100 years after May Fourth Movement, as the university reforms its Marxist Society and expels arrested students
Peking University Marxist Society, which actively supports workers’ rights, continues to face oppression by the police and the university.
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.