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
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.
Shame on Arbitrary Detention Let the Jasic Workers Return Home for Lunar New Year
In response to the Jasic workers' struggle for their right to unionization over July and August last year, the Shenzhen police conducted a large-scale crackdown with workers and their supporters seized. Many of them are yet to be released. Thereafter, police have made several more rounds of raids with even more arrests and detention. As of today, 38 people have been held under detention of various forms, including the infamous "residential surveillance in designated residence".
Hunan workers suffering from silicosis returning Shenzhen to show determination to seek justice with ropes
November 2018, Hunan workers suffering from silicosis travelled to Shenzhen to seek better rights. Representative from the relevant department pledged to come up with a new compensation scheme within one month. Worker representatives from Leiyang City and Sangzhi County then negotiated with Shenzhen Government representatives in early December and obtained positive results. The negotiation results were, however, overturned by Hunan People’s Government when it discussed the implementation details with the workers who returned to the province.
Hunan Silicosis Workers' 9-Year Pledge for Justice Families' Protests in Shenzhen Met with Police Brutality
On 6 November 2018, over 100 silicosis victims and their family members from Hunan Province protested at the Shenzhen Social Security Bureau in Shenzhen Human Resource Park. They hoped the Shenzhen Government to assist them in settling the compensation issue but the authority refused their demands and triggered more victims and their families joining the protest. This pledge for justice has been going on for 9 years and the end is still yet to be seen.
Silicosis Victims Refused the So-called Compensation & Faced Crackdown
On 6 November 2018, over 100 silicosis victims and their family members protested at the Shenzhen Social Security Bureau in Shenzhen Human Resource Park. The protestors came originally from Hunan Province, worked as pneumatic drillers and contracted the occupational illness in Shenzhen. Therefore, they hoped the Shenzhen Government to assist them in settling the compensation issue. The authority refused their demands and triggered more victims and their families joining the protest.
Silicosis Workers from Hunan Province Fought for Their Rights in Shenzhen and Were Assaulted by Police
On 7 November 2018, over 300 Silicosis victims and their family members from Hunan Province staged a march and sit-in protest in front of Shenzhen City Government, demanding the government to help them with medical expenses and compensation issues, as they contracted the occupational disease in Shenzhen. In the same evening, police assaulted the workers to disperse them, causing many incidents of injuries and hospitalization.