Position and Analysis
AFCTU unconcerned as resistance of take-away deliverers continued
Online take-away business has boomed in all major cities in China in recent years, forming a group of million “take-away bros” among the urban dwellers. Online take-away business has brought significant impact to urban life and the traditional catering industry. Urban citizens manage their meals with mobile phone apps, and restaurants are extending their production chain to serve orders placed online.
The #MeToo movement beyond the reach of China’s women workers
In October 2017, female celebrities in USA publicly denounced famous producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault and encouraged all women who were sexually violated to speak out of their painful experience, and used the hash-tag #MeToo on social media. Under the presidency of Donald Trump who was a far-right politician allegedly involved in several sex scandals, a social movement calling for gender equality and against patriarchy quickly developed and soon spread to east Asia.
Calling for a genuine trade union - Why is the Jasic Workers’ struggle so important?
In the last one year, Chinese government has undergone a series of significant political operations, such as enshrining President Xi Jinping's political thought into the Party Constitution; constitutional amendment removing the presidential term limits, allowing him/her to remain in office indefinitely. At the same time, it tightened its control over the civil society, as an attempt to silence social conflicts. However, labour actions, in small or large-scale and somehow connected, take place all over China in 2018. In June and July, various social issues merged.
From Student to Labour Activist: Shen Mengyu’s Quest for Justice
In the evening of 11 August 2018, Shen Mengyu, a representative from the student-worker-coalition which supports the Jasic workers was seized by a number of unknown assailants after dinner with her friends. All of a sudden, her name was spread all over the internet. However, her quest for justice to workers have started years ago, when she was still a student.
Continuation of rallying cry through poems and songs. Record of Li Wangyang’s Memorial Ceremony 2018
In Hong Kong, the spirit of Li Wangyang is closely related to poems and songs. In 2012, the news of his “suicide” broke out shortly after his interview on Cable TV Hong Kong interview had broadcasted.
An erased Tiananmen Massacre? How do we reconstruct discourse?
For years, the date "June 4th 1989" carries unescapable significance in Hong Kong's politics. It marks the watershed of conscience, defines the different camps of democratic and pro-Beijing politicians, serves as a battleground for Hong Kong people to resist China's official discourse of the Tiananmen Massacre. It is also a political imagination, first raised by the democratic movement in Beijing 29 years ago. It is also a memorial for us to rethink and discuss the future of China and Hong Kong.
We the Workers Getting to know the labour activists
What is your first thought when you think of "labour movement Scenes of workers in strike, organizations holding banners in front of corporates or government headquarters? News of workers leaders being attacked, detained and prosecuted? We know indeed very little about labour movement, workers organizers life and daily challenges, apart from some short scenes of their struggles and demands broadcast in the news. “We the Workers”, a documentary documents labour activists in China, their living and working conditions between 2009 and 2015, to tell us more about
labour movement in China.
Report of HKCTU to the UN Human Rights Council on the status of labour rights in China and Hong Kong
The UN Human Rights Council conducts a universal periodic review every four and a half years to examine the implementation and practice of human rights obligations and commitments of 193 member states, and invites different sectors to submit reports during the review. The process reminds member states of their responsibility to respect and improve the human rights situation in their countries.
The future of labour NGOs? A Response to Two Mindsets
On 3 December 2015, seven leaders of labour NGOs in Guangzhou were detained and four of them faced subsequent criminal prosecutions. Most of the affected NGOs were prominently active in assisting workers' collective struggles, pushing for collective bargaining between 2012 and 2015. Labour lawyers and some academics called this new type of NGOs as “movement-oriented NGOs”, in order to distinguish them from the social service-oriented NGOs and legal right-oriented NGOs.