Global petition campaign to demand a halt in repressing labour organizations

HKCTU’s Protest at Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong

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.

Rampant violent attacks on labour organizations

In the past few years, labour organizations, their organizers and workers have been attacked repeatedly and in various forms. On one hand, the local law enforcement authorities often turn a blind eye to their cases and leave thugs walk free. This neglect promotes a continuous growth of violence against the labour groups. On the other hand, authorities intimidate the labour groups by frequently searching their offices, detaining and questioning their staff members. For example, on 14 January, one labour organization, Foshan Nanfeiyian Social Service Centre’s head, was taken away for questions related to “disrupting the order of business” for nearly 8 hours.

 

Global support for labour organizations in China

A series of violent assaults against labour organizations has brought widespread concerns locally and globally. Since late December 2014, an urgent appeal was launched in China, until now, more than 25 Chinese organizations and 3,000 workers have co-signed it. On 31 December, the HKCTU and Globalization Monitor has started a global campaign, and until at 3pm on 15 January, 419 organizations (including International Trade Unions Confederation, International Union of Food Workers) and 3,214 individuals have shown their support (a list of some signatures is included below) Representative of HKCTU stressed that no matter of the violent suppression of the Chinese Government, the HKCTU will continue to support mainland labour organizations together with local and international labour organizations. HKCTU calls for the response from Chinese Government and a halt in repressing the labour organizations or else will call for more protests. 

A partial list of signatures collected for Urgent Appeal: Stop Violent Assaults on Labour Organisations in China

 

Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Domestic Workers General Union

Labour Action China

ITUC / GUF Hong Kong Liaison Office

Swire Beverages ( Hong Kong) Employees General Union

Labour Education and Service Network

Construction Site Workers General Union

Worker Empowerment

Union of Hong Kong Dockers

New World First Bus Company Staff Union

China Labour Net

Left 21

Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior

 

International Trade Unions:

International Trade Unions Confederation

International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association

 

Other national unions / organizations:

FNV (The Netherlands)

Unite (UK)

3F (Denmark)

CGT (France)

ACV (Belgium)

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (USA)

CISL (Italy)

LO (Sweden)

UNIA (Switzerland)

AFLCIO (USA)

Labor Vision (Taiwan)

Taiwan Labour Front (Taiwan)

ATTAC Japan(Tokyo)

 

Furhter details in related articlehttp://en.hkctu.org.hk/mainland-china/press-release-and-statement-cn/urgent-appeal-stop-violent-assaults-on-labour-organisations-in-china/

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