Responses from UNIQLO and G2000 concerning workers’ strike in Artigas Factory
In response to the open letters from the General Secretary, Ms Lai-ha Cheung, of the Retail, Commerce and Clothing Industries General Unions on 15 January 2015, UNIQLO and G2000 has made their responses on 20 January and 18 January 2015 respectively. Both the company have acknowledged the problems stated by Ms Cheung in the letter seriously and have requested Artigas for an appropriate explanation and urged the factory to negotiate with the workers.
New Regulation in Guangzhou to worsen the survival of NGOs
NGOs in China have gone through an extreme tough year in 2014: nationally and locally, openly and secretly passing regulations to restrict their activities, cutting off funding and forcibly disappearances of directors, some continuously lived under the threat of an immediate ban from the authority. Overseas NGOs, NGOs which are working on sensitive issues, such as labour, rights-defending, religious and LGBT rights, are considered as a thorn in the Chinese Government’s side and face most of the repression.
Violence Against Workers in Artigas Factory
On 18 December 2014, hundreds of police stormed into Artigas Clothing & Leatherware company in Shenzhen, China to disperse workers who have been on strike for 9 days to demand their mandatory social insurance and housing provident fund premiums.
Missing social security fund and housing provident fund lead to strike at Hong Kong-invested factory
In Guanlan Town of Shenzhen City, over a thousand of workers of a Hong Kong-owned factory staged a strike on 10 December 2014, demanding the employer to repay the missing social security fund and housing provident fund over the past years. According to an estimation made by a labour rights organisation in Shenzhen, the two missing funds account for about 30 percent of a worker’s monthly income and it is a common phenomenon that employers fail to pay them in the Pearl River Delta.