Press Release and Statement (CN)
Open Statement by Hong Kong Labour Groups on the Trial of Guangdong Labour Activists
Three Guangdong labour activists - Zeng Feiyang, Zhu Xiaomei, and Tang Huanxing, who were arrested by Chinese police on 3 December 2015 - will stand trial on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order” on 26 - 28 September in the Panyu district court in Guangzhou. Meng Han, who was arrested with them, remains detained in Guangzhou Detention Centre No. 1. Local prosecutors sent his case back a second time to the police for further investigation, and a hearing for him has yet to be set.
Statement from Hong Kong labour groups on the prosecution of labour activists in Guangdong
Guangdong labour activists Zeng Feiyang, Meng Han, Zhu Xiaomei and Tang Huanxing, who were arrested by Chinese police on 3rd December, 2015, were charged with “disturbing social order” by the People’s Procuratorate of Panyu District, Guangzhou Municipality in June and will be on trial in the near future.
Press Release: Walt Disney Co. refuses to comment on the unlawful one-tenth severance compensation
Mizutani (Shenzhen) Toy Factory Co. Ltd., is a Hong Kong registered enterprise established in 1997, its major orders used to come from Tokyo Disneyland. In June 2015, Mizutani suddenly announced to close its plant in Shenzhen and relocate it to the Philippines. According to China’s Labour Contract Law and Social Insurance Law, Mizutani still owes its 196 employees a total of some 9 million Yuan of social insurance contribution, economic compensation (severance compensation) and housing provident fund and etc.
Demanding Release of Labour Activists in Guangdong by Chinese New Year
Some 30 members of the HKCTU, GM and other labour organizations met at Western Police Station on 6 Feb (two days before the Chinese New Year) and marched to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong. They shouted slogans such as “Protest against suppression of labour activists in Guangdong”, “Stop political pressure, defending labour rights is not a crime”, “Immediate release of Zeng Feiyang / He Xiaobo / Meng Han”.
Global call: Demand the Chinese authorities to immediate release the detained labour activists!
Today (21 December) marks the launch of the global call for action in solidarity with the detained labour activists in China. As of now, international trade unions including the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), IndustriALL, French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CDFT), E-TU from New Zealand, Cape Verde Confederation of Free Trade Unions (CCSL), Alliance of Progress Labour from the Philippines (APL) and Belarusian Congress Of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) have sent letters to the Chinese government expressing their concerns over the recent arrests of labour activists in Guangdong Province.
Hypocritical CSR Policy Harsh Exploitation on Workers Unveiling UNIQLO’s labour rights violations
Today (26 November 2015) is the final day of the tenth anniversary celebration of UNIQLO Hong Kong. 20 representatives from Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), Labour Action China (LAC) and other labour rights concern groups staged a protest at UNIQLO’s flagship store in Lee Theatre, Causeway Bay. They condemned UNIQLO to fool consumers with propaganda, and its negligence on various labour rights violations in its suppliers.
Demand Toothless HKEx for Forcing Public Listed Companies to Compulsory Disclose CSR Information
Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and Labour Action China (LAC) held a press conference this morning. Both organizations have demanded Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) to make the disclosure of information related to labor rights mandatory for all Hong Kong listed companies.
Taking social responsibilities is not talking without action
The Artigas workers' strike has been going on for more than 40 days since Jun 9 2015, but the management is still employing evasive and oppressive means to deny the workers from their pension and legitimate rights. Trade unions and labour organizations from at least 8 areas worldwide launched a solidarity action on 15/7 to support the workers on strike and demanded Fast Retailing Co, Ltd (here after Fast Retailing), as the customer of Artigas, not to distance herself from the dispute by merely terminating all tides with Artigas.
Protest against UNIQLO supplier
On the morning of June 24th, a number of NGOs and trade unions went to the office of UNIQLO in Kwun Tong, to protest against one of the UNIQLO's OEM supplier, the Lever Garment Limited. Lever's subsidary Artigas Clothing & Leatherware Factory (hereafter Artigas) has a long history in arrears of social security contribution, and workers' benefits. Recently, the employer even went as far as planning a relocation of production plant without the consent of the workers. As a result, several hundred workers went on strike this month. The protesters chanted slogans in front of the office and peacefully dispersed after submitting a petition letter.
ACTION STATEMENT: CONDEMN NEW AN LUN AND DEMAND RELEASE OF THE STRIKING WORKERS
In solidarity with the striking workers from the New An Lun Lamp, labour organizations from Hong Kong and Taiwan launched a join action on May 15th, 2015 to protest against the New An Lun Lamp (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. New An Lun is a bicycle parts production company which supplies parts to major European brands such as AXA, Messingchlager, and Buchel. The workers exposed a series of violation of labour regulations and poor working conditions such as long term non-payment of social insurance and high temperature allowance, and harsh limitation on toilet time in an open letter and went on strike since the eve of May Day in order to express their grievances.