Press Release and Statement (CN)
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.
Press release on HK labour groups protest against fake universal suffrage proposal
The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (hereafter: HK government) unveiled its final version of political reform proposal yesterday, sticking to the tight framework, known as “831 decision”, laid down by the National People's Congress (NPC) on 31 August 2014. The decision only allows the public vote on candidates, who have been pre-selected by a 1200-member pro-Beijing nominating committee.
Letter-writing campaign: calling UNIQLO and G2000 to urge Artigas to negotiate with workers equally
A thousand workers from Artigas, the direct supplier of UNIQLO & G2000, have put down their tools twice since 10 December 2014, complaining the missing social insurance premium and housing public accumulation fund in arrears. Several hundreds of police stormed into Artigas and physically assaulted and injured many workers on 18 December.
Global petition campaign to demand a halt in repressing labour organizations
On 16 January 2015, the HKCTU, together with many labour organizations in Hong Kong, staged a protest at the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong. The groups handed in a global urgent appeal, calling the Chinese Government to stop repressing labour organizations with violence. Representative of the Liaison Office did not come out to receive the letter of appeal as usual, hence, the groups posted the letter on the wall and left peacefully.
Urgent Appeal: Stop Violent Assaults on Labour Organisations in China
In December 26, 2014, four unidentified persons entered the Panyu Migrant Workers Documentation Centre (PMWDC). Zeng Feiyang, the head of PMWDC, was assaulted violently. His eyeglasses were broken and there were bruises near his right cheek bone. PMWDC called the police immediately and demanded that the police file a case for investigation. On December 27, 2014, PMWDC issued a statement sternly condemning violence targeting citizens working for workers’ welfare and demanding the police to pursue, investigate and administer justice according to the law. In a few days, over 20 labour organisations in mainland China and more than 2,000 individuals joined in signing the statement.
HK unions urged UNIQLO and G2000 stop the violent suppression on the Artigas Factory Workers
The Retail, Commerce and Clothing Industries General Union (RCCIGU), HKCTU and more 20 representatives from HK labour groups went to protest again at UNIQLO and G2000 shops on Dec 24, 2014. It was because the two brands did not take enough action to pressurize Artigas to resovle the labour dispute but tolerate the violent suppresion of strikers in the factories. Both companies recieved the petition letters from RCCIGU last week but instead replying the unions directly, the owner of G2000 Mr. Michael Tien only posted a statement on his personal facebook and UNIQLO publisehd a statement on their website. RCCIGU, HKCTU and other labour groups concerned will keep following this case and keep taking actions to push the company to address the problem properly.
Urgent Appeal: Tell Uniqlo and G2000 to Stop Using Violence Against Workers in Artigas Factory
On 18 December 2014, hundreds of police stormed into the Hong Kong owned Artigas Clothing & Leatherware Company in Shenzhen. China to disperse workers who have been on strike for nine days to demand their mandatory social insurance and housing provident fund premiums. Instead of answering the strikers’ request for a negotiation with the employer on 18 December, police were called in to clear the way for the factory management to ship the finished clothing to Uniqlo.
Protest action asking Marks&Spencer to live up to a responsible retailer
We as unions and labour organizations in Hong Kong are shocked to learn that a female worker from Grosby Footwear (Shenzhen) Ltd, a long term supplier of your company, committed suicide yesterday as a result of the un-resolved strike and termination of her employment contract. The fifty-year-old worker ZHOU JiangRong had served in the factory for more than ten years. She was sacked on July 16 2014 for taking part in workplace strikes.