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.
Postcards Sent to Support Detained Labour Activists
In support of the Global Postcard Campaign in demanding the release of the two remaining detained Chinese labour activists. Zeng Feiyang and Meng Han, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, Globalization Monitor, and other Labour Organizations have collected more than 1300 signed postcards in Hong Kong in the past weeks.
What can worker Wenxia do when Disney has been silent for its supplier Mizutani’s escape?
Wenxia comes from Changde, Hunan. She is now 43 years old. She entered the Mizutani factory, supplier of Tokyo Disney, twice. In total she worked there for 12 years. Her husband worked even longer. He started working there at 1998, the second year after the establishment of Mizutani factory. When the factory closed, he had been working there for 18 years.
Postcard Campaign to Support the Chinese Labour Activists
Labour organisations in Guangdong Province encountered a large-scale crackdown between the 3rd and 5th December 2015. At least 25 employees and volunteers from four labour organiszations were detained and questioned by the police and seven of them were put into prolonged custody or forced to “disappear”. After a series of global advocacy and actions by Chinese workers, five activists were released.