China Labour Quarterly
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.
Suffocating the civil society in China and Hong Kong: Fugitive Offenders Ordinance will extradite Hongkongers to China, where rule of law is not protected
In recent months, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam has been pushing for the revision of Fugitive Offenders Ordinance (hereafter FOO). In just one month's time, the proposal has been tabled at Legislative Council for its first and second readings. The government explains such a proposal is a response to extradite a Hong Kong man to Taiwan, who is accused by the authorities there of murdering his girlfriend before fleeing to Hong Kong.
HKCTU Launches Global Action Week. International Solidarity for Arrested Labour Activist in China
The Jasic labour struggle in the late July 2018 had triggered a series of crackdowns on labour movement in China. The suppression is already beyond the Jasic incident itself. Some labor activists who did not involve in the Jasic struggle and media editors who concern workers' rights were also targeted. Under the development of this situation, the HKCTU calls for global solidarity to support the detained labour activists in China.
A Love Story Separated by High Walls
On the evening of 20 March 2019, Wei Zhili (Xiaowei), an editor of the "iLabour", an online media concerned about the rights and interests of Hunan's silicosis workers, was arrested by Shenzhen Police when he was on his way to his parents' residence in Guangzhou. The police also broke into his parents' home and searched for evidence.
Conspicuous in Spending but Miser on Workers: Chinese Enterprise Exploits Workers despite Profit Boom
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.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 18
Guangzhou Panyu Simone Handbag Co. Ltd. (“Panyu Simone”) is a South Korean-owned enterprise that established in 1992. Earlier in March this year, more than 1000 workers from the factory went on a nine-day strike to fight for remuneration on pension and other work-related benefits. Throughout the strike, the workers displayed tremendous solidarity and finally forced the employer to respond their demands by means of collective bargaining.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 17
In the previous winter, Cai Qi, the new secretary of Beijing municipal communist party, forcefully launched three controversial policies in order to build an unprecedented “New Beijing”. These policies not only exposed the rashness of administration of the Xi Jin-ping regime, but also revealed the discrimination of municipal management against grassroots workers in China’s “new era”.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 16
This summer, an industrial action broke out on the quiet island of Saipan, a popular vacation destination in the western Pacific Ocean which is a commonwealth of the United States. Chinese construction workers, employed by Chinese out-contractors Metallurgical Corporation of China Limited, Nanjing Beilida New Material System Engineering and Suzhou Gold Mantis Construction Decoration staged a protest to claim missing wages and labour insurance while working on the Imperial Palace Casino Project owned by the Hong Kong listed company Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 14
“Law of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations Activities within China” (hereafter Foreign NGO Law) came into effect on January 1, 2017. Together with the “Charity Law” which became effective since 1 September 2016, these two laws were implemented within a few months to regulate activities of civil organizations. In line with Xi Jinping’s approach of “governing the country by law”, they restricted citizens’ rights by legal frameworks to achieve political stabilization.
China Labour Quarterly Issue 13
The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) has set up a “Monitoring Database of Hong Kong Enterprises in China” three years ago, to acquire information through media, social media, and interviews with labour organizations and workers in China. This year, the “Monitoring Report on Collective Labour Disputes of Hong Kong Enterprises in China” (Monitoring Report) covers from May 2015 to June 2016.