China Labour Quarterly Issue 19

ACFTU sold Jasic workers and failed its pledge to reform

Labour disputes at Shenzhen Jasic caused by workers’ initiative to form their own union have being going on for more than a month, while supports from mainland China and overseas continued.  The Jasic workers have been fighting for months, just for forming a union of their own choosing within the existing legal framework.  However, workers’ right to organize was given away again, when the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU, the only legal union in mainland China) joined hands with the Jasic management to suppress workers’ actions.  The ACFTU and the Jasic have used the most abject means to ban the organization lawfully formed by the workers, and exercised state power to crackdown worker leaders of the organization and their supporters.  The labour actions have once again proved that the ACFTU is in the lead to suppress Chinese workers’ right to free association, and exposed the unseemly collusion between the official union and the employers.    

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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. The feminist #METOO campaign first broke the silence and openly named those who were in power; an article “King of the Vaccine” was released and spread over the internet, exposing the scandal of faulty vaccines. Then the protest at Jasic Technology can be seem as workers’ turn to address the social conflicts they have experienced.

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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.

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China’s enormous investment in Africa: A blessing or a curse?

Xi Jin-ping said, at the Leaders Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, “…we must strengthen international anti-corruption cooperation and make the "Belt and Road" a road to integrity.” It reminded me of Ho Chi-ping, who was being prosecuted by the FBI of the United States and was refused bail applications, for helping CEFC China Energy Company Limited to bribe state leaders of three African countries for rights of energy mining and other investment opportunities.   Ho Chi-ping is only one of the many “white gloves” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with the Belt and Road Initiative in the background.

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