Directors went missing: NGOs under attack due to assisting workers affected by factory closures
Many labour rights NGOs in Guangdong Province have suddenly been “raided” by police recently. Some of the directors of these NGOs went missing and at the time of writing, their whereabouts remain unknown. Director of Haige Workers’ Services Centre, Chen Huihai had told the media that these abductions meant to suppress the labour NGOs and were led by the municipal police, before he lost contacts with the media.
Breaking news: Artigas Workers’ representative Wu Weifa was released
Artigas Workers’ representatives Wu Weifa was released and had a re-union with her family on 8 Oct 2015. Since 9 June this year, she was caught by the police during strike and in prison for 4 months because of “obstructing official business”.
Latest development of the artigas workers strike
Starting from 20 July, workers gradually signed the agreement, even it was against their own will. The employer-drafted agreement states that workers resign voluntarily and Lever Style Inc. offers them a “relief fund”, calculated by their years of services. Workers would receive 500 yuan per year of services if they work shorter than 10 years in the factory.
Workers leaders from Hong Kong solidarity makes us strong we support Shenzhen Artigas II
Bagen is a committee member of the Construction Site Workers General Union. He participated in the protest as well. Despite his job duties on that day, he still take leave to join this protest. Bagen said, ‘If this is the right thing to do, I would be glad to do it even if I have to take leave for it; if this is not the right thing to do, I would not do it even if I can take money from doing it.’ When asked whether this protest action can really improve the situations for Artigas workers, Bagen said that our group in Hong Kong along might not be able to make any difference, but when we joined our force with that from Taiwan, Japan, Cambodia, the US, and other labor groups in the world, we would be able to touch UNIQLO and make change possible. Bagen said, ‘No matter what the outcome is, if you feel that this is the right thing to do, you should do it.’
Workers Leaders from Hong Kong solidarity makes us strong we support Shenzhen Artigas I
Shenzhen Artigas Clothing and Leather (hereinafter Artigas) is a branch company of Hong Kong Lever Style Inc. (hereinafter Lever), a Hong Kong enterprise. It is also a manufacturer of the world famous clothing brand UNIQLO. Hundreds of workers in that factory have been fighting for their rights since last December, but Lever has not faced its wrong doings, nor has it responded to workers’ pleads for negotiation. Lever even shove its responsibilities and connived with local government in suppressing the strike and unreasonably arrested workers’ representatives.
Response from Artigas Workers to the statement of Lever Style Inc
We are workers from Artigas Company who continue to demand collective negotiation with the employer, in order to resolve the current labour disputes. We are deeply dissatisfied with the statement issued by Lever Style Inc. on 26 June 2015 (hereafter: Lever Statement), as it distorted the reality and legal regulations.
One Year Anniversary of the Yue Yuen Workers’ Strike: Conditions and Voices of Workers
April 14, 2015 was the one-year anniversary of the mass strike by the workers at Yue Yuen,a footwear manufacturer. On April 14, 2014, all 50,000 workers from the Yue Yuen factories went on strike to demand that the management make up for the shortage in its contributions to their social insurance, which it had failed to pay in full. At the beginning, there were only 1,000 workers.