Investigation on Corporate misconduct is not a crime. Free the labour activists now!
On May 30th, three labour activists Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng were being arrested by Jiangxi public security when they were investigating labour conditions of a Huajian Group’s factory, which has manufactured Ivanka Trump’s branded shoes. Those labour activists are still kept under criminal detention for over 23 days,and are prosecuted for illegal use of eavesdropping equipment.
200 Hong Kongers Commemorate the Death of Labour Rights Movement Hero Li Wangyang
June 6 marks the fifth anniversary of the labour movement hero Li Wangyang’s death. Five years ago, the wronged death of Li instigated an uproar both domestically and internationally, inspiring 25,000 Hong Kong people took to the streets to demand for his justice. Nowadays, the Chinese Government is still trying to distort the truth in insisting that Li committed suicide, while Li’s sister, Li Wangling, brother in law Zhao Baozhu, friends Zhu Chengzi and Yin Zhenan are still under surveillance.
Right to communicate violated: Labour Activist has been detained and isolated for 16 months
Chinese labour activist Meng Han was sentenced to a prison term of 21 months by Panyu District Court of Guangzhou City on 3 November 2016, for "gathering crowds to disrupt public order" as he helped organize workers to defend their rights. He was then sent to serve his sentence in Shaoguan Prison of Guangdong Province and is expected to be released in September 2017.
International Labour Organization urge the Chinese Government to respect workers’ right to organise
In December 2015, the Guangdong Provincial Government launched a mass crackdown against labour activists, detaining over 25 volunteers and employees of labour NGOs. Some of them were released after interrogation but six of them, Meng Han, Zhu Xiaomei, Tang Huanxing (aka Tang Jian), Zeng Feiyang, Peng Jiayong and Deng Xiaoming have been charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt social order”, for their involvement and assistance to workers at the labour actions in Lide Shoe Factory and Cuiheng Bag Factory.
Hong Kong Enterprises Neglect Social Responsibilities and Condone Brutal Repression on Workers
In October 2016, the HKCTU released a “Monitoring Report on Collective Labour Disputes of Hong Kong Enterprises in China” (hereafter: Monitoring Report), covering large-scale labour disputes in Hong Kong enterprises and their labour rights violations between May 2015 and April 2016.
Coca-Cola China Refranchising Deal Sells Out Workers Rights
In mid-November, the Coca-Cola Company announced to refranchise their bottling operations in China to COFCO Corporation and Swire Beverage Holdings Limited. For fear of their employment stabilities and conditions being endangered by the new ownership, workers from the Coca-Cola bottling plants in Jilin, Chongqing, and Chengdu demanded to be laid off and compensated in accordance to the statutory severance payments.
Labour Activist Meng Han Unjustly Sentenced to 21 months in Prison
Among other Chinese labour activists who were detained in late 2015, Meng Han was the last to be tried. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison on 3 November 2016 in the Panyu District Court, Guangzhou. As he has been detained since 3 December 2015, he is expected to serve 10 more months in prison and be released on 2 September 2017.
Shame on Fast Retailing’s Union Busting in Cambodian
At the morning of 26 Sept, 2016, members from Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, Globalization Monitor and SACOM (Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour, together with other Hong Kong labour groups and a labour activist from Argentina went to UNIQLO's Lee Theatre Flagship Store at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong against Fast Retailing's union busting on Cambodian workers at Zhong Yin.
Benzene-Poisoned Chinese Workers Speak About Their Fight With Leukemia
Johnson Electric is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of motion subsystems and components for automotive and industrial applications. As of now, the company has an annual production capacity of over one billion motors and subsystems. But Johnson Electric has been neglecting its duty to provide safe working environment for its employees.
No Regrets Even if Beheaded
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the labor movement hero Li Wangyang’s death. Mourning with great sadness, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China (The Alliance) marched to Liaison Office, demanding a thorough investigation of the cause of his death and punishment for perpetrators. We will continue to fight until Li Wangyang reclaims justice.