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.
Breaking News: HE Xiaobo was released. Two still being detained
HE Xiaobo, one of the seven detained Guangdong labour activists and director of the Nanfeiyan Workers Service Center, was released on bail and returned home to his family yesterday evening. In an audio message, He affirmed that he has returned home safely and would like to extend his gratitude to everyone for their support.
Latest on Detained Chinese Labour Activists
On January 9, after 37 days of detention, Guangzhou labour activists Peng Jiayong and Deng Xiaoming were released and escorted back to their home towns. However, lawyers of fellow activists Zeng Feiyang, Meng Han, and Zhu Xiaomei confirmed that their arrests were approved with charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order” on the same day.
Global Solidarity Demands Release of Detained Chinese Labour Activists
On Dec 21th, 2015, trade unions and labour NGOs from around the globe demonstrated their solidarity in support the detained Chinese labour activists. Global trade unions including the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), IndustriALL, International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association (IUF), and national unions from France, Italy, Sweden, Belarus, New Zealand, Cape Verde, the Philippines and Sri Lanka have respectively expressed their concerns to the Chinese government and demanded the release of the detained labour activists.
Update as of the 5th December 2015 on the Chinese detained labor NGO activists
According to reliable sources obtained by Red Balloon, as of the 5th December 2015, altogether 21 labor activists were arrested by the police. Three of them are right now under criminal detention. 14 of them were released after inquisition. Another four labor activists cannot be reached. In addition, 6 family members of the labor activists have been approached and questioned by the police.
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.