ACFTU sold Jasic workers and failed its pledge to reform
Labour disputes at Shenzhen Jasic caused by workers’ initiative to form their own union have being going on for more than a month, while supports from mainland China and overseas continued. The Jasic workers have been fighting for months, just for forming a union of their own choosing within the existing legal framework. However, workers’ right to organize was given away again, when the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU, the only legal union in mainland China) joined hands with the Jasic management to suppress workers’ actions. The ACFTU and the Jasic have us
Police Raided the Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group More than 50 Workers and Students Arrested
At 5:00 am on August 24, more than 50 members of the Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group, who are mainly workers and students, were arrested in a police raid at their temporary residence in Huizhou. Despite some resistance, all of the Group members presented at the site were taken away including LAN Zhi Wei, YU Kai Long, YU Wei Ye (three workers released on bail from the earlier mass arrest), YUE Xin (fresh graduate of the Peking University), ZHAN Zhen Zhen (the founder of the Campus Workers Investigation Project of the Peking University), FENG Ge (Ex-President of the Anti-poverty Association of the Peking University), and also other students from the Renmin University of China, Nanjing University who initiated the co-signed supporting Jasic workers.
Fifty More Workers and Students Arrested Stop the Suppression on Jasic Workers Now
Although the workers’ struggle to form a trade union in the Shenzhen Jasic Technology Co. Ltd. has persisted for more than one month, there are still no signs of resolving. In the small hours of August 24, the police deployed a number of riot police to raid the residence of the Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group in Huizhou, forcibly arrested more than 50 workers and students. Including those who had been arrested prior to the raid, more than 70 workers and students have been arrested so far.
ACFTU Join Forces with Employer to Suppress Union Rights
Workers from Shenzhen Jasic Technology Co. Ltd. have launched various industrial actions in the past months, demanding to organize their own trade union under the current legal framework in China. However, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (hereafter: ACFTU), the only recognized trade union in China, worked together with the enterprise’s management and deprived them of their rights to freedom of association.
Workers Detained, Student Disappeared: The JASIC Workers’ Struggle Rumbles on in August
The Pingshan General Union granted permission to the establishment of the JASIC trade union preparatory committee, with the vice chairman of the Pingshan Union, Huang Jianxun, appointed as the committee chair, while the company’s Director of Investment Project, Zhang Zhiying, was appointed vice chair of the committee. Such appointments unveiled the blatant collaborations between the ACFTU and the management.
JASIC Workers Supporters Group Member - Shen Mengyu Taken Away by Unknown Assailants
As the JASIC labour struggle continues to brew, the workers and their supporters are still facing immense suppressions from all sides. Most recently, one of the main members of the Solidarity Supporters Group, Shen Mengyu, was taken away by a number of unknown assailants in the public and disappeared ever since.
JASIC workers’ struggle for freedom of association - The development of a nationwide support
While many students are relaxing during the summer vacation, some students from China rushed to Shenzhen to support the workers of a welding equipment manufacturer, JASIC Technology, where workers were physically assaulted and arrested for forming their own independent union.
Protest in Hong Kong to Support the Right to Form Union in China
On August 1, more than 30 representatives from the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and civil society protested against the arrest of 30 workers, who tried to form their independent union in Shenzhen earlier last month. Chanting slogans such as “Release Jasic Workers Now”, and “We want genuine union”, the protestors marched to Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong, the protestors dispersed after handing in a petition letter.