Serious Mining Disaster Shortly After Safety Check. Vulnerability of China Coal Mine Supervision Exposed.
The roof of the Lijiagou coal mine collapsed on 12 January 2019, killing 21 miners. The mine is operated by Baiji Mining Co. Ltd., in the city of Shenmu, province of Shaanxi. It was confirmed on 13 January that only 66 of the 87 miners working inside were rescued alive. The incident attracted the attention of both local and the Central authorities and raises alarm particularly when the mine and those in the area were recently inspected by the Shaanxi Coal Mine Safety Supervision Bureau shortly before this incident.
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.
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.
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.
More workload without more pay Over 1,000 workers strike at Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery
On 15 December 2018, over 1,000 packaging workers from a plant of listed company Jiangsu Yanghe Group Co. Ltd. in Suqian City launched a strike, as the enterprise increased workers’ workload without paying them extra. The enterprise also refused to let workers rest and erode their basic welfare.
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.
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.
Updates on Jasic labour dispute: ACFTU staff and co-workers of Shen Meng-yu arrested
Two grassroots union staff members of the ACFTU were arrested for assisting the Jasic workers in setting up a union according to the law. The event triggered the Jasic labour dispute. After the 17th General Assembly of the ACFTU, staff members of grassroots unions became one of the targets of crackdown.