Mourning under the same tyranny
Before the 1 million protest march on June 9, the ‘last battle’ sentiment was affecting everyone. The amendment of the extradition bill in Hong Kong seemed to be at the point of no return. The Chinese human rights groups who work in Hong Kong also believe that June would be the deadline for human rights work in China and Hong Kong.
One Year Since the Jasic Incident. Arrests and Detention System with Chinese Characteristics
In July 2018, the labour action at Jasic Technology Co., Ltd in Shenzhen was succeeded by a series of crackdowns towards the strike workers and their fellow supporters as well as other labour rights activists in the second half of 2018. One year since the incident, this article will provide a review as well as a discussion on how the Chinese government use criminal law measures to treat the arrested activists.
Another struggle after one year: Lalamove's exploitation goes on
In late April 2018, an industrial action broke out in Lalamove China, a Hong Kong-invested logistics enterprise's branch in China. It was caused by the enterprise, which reduced the drivers' commission arbitrarily. Suffered from a sudden income loss, together with the ongoing rising petrol, toll fees and operating costs, drivers could not make their ends meet and launched a strike to address their problems. Hundreds of drivers in five different cities joined this action and this strike was covered by international media. Another strike, due to the same cause marks the first anniversary of Lalamove drivers' strike.
Hundred workers strike at listed company, Prosperous Printing Co., Ltd. Poor working conditions revealed
On 25th June, 2019, over 100 workers in the Shenzhen factory of Hong Kong listed company, Prosperous Printing Co., Ltd. (08385) went on strike. It is suspected that the strike action is a protest against the poor working environment and exploitation of the factory.
Workers unite students: the backbone in the late stage of 1989 democratic movement --Interview with Li Jinjin, legal advisor of Beijing Workers’ Autonomous Federation
Protecting the June Fourth Memory, from 1989 to now
Resistance goes on as Meituan continues to exploit its workers
In recent years, online shopping and catering delivery platform becomes an emerging sector in China. Many ex-factory workers find themselves new jobs as delivery personnel. Their task is to deliver the products to their clients as quickly as possible. If a client rates their services as negative, their wages would be deducted. Thus, for a meager income, they risk their lives everyday on the highways. In 2018, many major service providers reduce workers' commission to “maintain their competitiveness”.
China Labour Quarterly April 2019
Chinese enterprise Huawei Technology Co. was under fire since the arrest of its CFO Meng Wanzhou by the Canadian government and its lawsuit against the US government over the equipment ban some weeks ago. Meanwhile, the diplomatic crisis due to the arrest of Meng triggered a heated debate on whether Chinese-owned telecommunications companies are cybersecurity risks to the world. In recent years, Chinese-owned technology companies are expanding overseas. Large-scale mergers, investment and marketing that involved big amount of money have sparked a lot of controversies, as well as issues on labour abuses and exploitations.