Volkswagen dispatch workers Struggle Continues, Hong Kong NGOs Demand Release on Workers’ Leaders
On 15 December 2017, the HKCTU, in collaboration with other labour organisations in Hong Kong, protested in the Volkswagen showroom in Wanchai for the unequal treatment between the dispatched workers and direct employees in Changchun factory and urge for the release on Fu Tien-bo, the workers representative in the factory. In the end of 2016, the dispatch workers in the Changchun factory were protesting for the unequal treatment as they have only half of the wages compare with the direct employees but most of them had worked there for more than 10 years. According to the Labour Contract Law in China, the dispatch workers must enjoy the same treatments as the directly employed workers. Also dispatched workers must be directly employed after 3 renewal on its contract. In that sense, the company were suspected for violating multiple labour laws. The protesters entered the showroom and ask the company to assign a representative to receive the petition letter, but the company did not receive the letter.
Hong Kong Activists Protest against the Political Suppression on Left Wing Study Group in China
Photo from: League of Social Democrats
In 21st January 2018, Left 21 initiated a protest against the Chinese government arresting the young Maoists who joined a left wing study group in Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou. The protesters states that freedom of speech and freedom of association are basic human rights, even though some of the organisations do not agree with Maoism, but they are furious that the Chinese government suppress the freedom of speech. Therefore they were there to support those young activists in China, and request the Communist Party of China respect people’s political and civil rights including freedom of speech.