New Regulation in Guangzhou to worsen the survival of NGOs
NGOs in China have gone through an extreme tough year in 2014: nationally and locally, openly and secretly passing regulations to restrict their activities, cutting off funding and forcibly disappearances of directors, some continuously lived under the threat of an immediate ban from the authority. Overseas NGOs, NGOs which are working on sensitive issues, such as labour, rights-defending, religious and LGBT rights, are considered as a thorn in the Chinese Government’s side and face most of the repression.
Violence Against Workers in Artigas Factory
On 18 December 2014, hundreds of police stormed into Artigas Clothing & Leatherware company in Shenzhen, China to disperse workers who have been on strike for 9 days to demand their mandatory social insurance and housing provident fund premiums.
Missing social security fund and housing provident fund lead to strike at Hong Kong-invested factory
In Guanlan Town of Shenzhen City, over a thousand of workers of a Hong Kong-owned factory staged a strike on 10 December 2014, demanding the employer to repay the missing social security fund and housing provident fund over the past years. According to an estimation made by a labour rights organisation in Shenzhen, the two missing funds account for about 30 percent of a worker’s monthly income and it is a common phenomenon that employers fail to pay them in the Pearl River Delta.
Shenzhen procuratorate drops the criminal charge against striker Wu Guijun
Mr. Wu guijun who is a representative of striking workers of a household product making factory in Shenzhen. He was arrested on May 23th 2013 due to his participation in the strike. He was likely criminalized by the Shenzhen procuratorate as "disturbing social order". After three court hearings, he was bailed out on May 29 2014. On June 9, 2014, the Shenzhen procuratorate finally dropped their charges.
25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre
April 1989, Chinese students began to protest in demanding governmental reforms; The Workers’ Autonomous Federation (WAF) was established in such surroundings. The WAF marks the beginning of the independent labour movement in China. The WAF advocated democratic values and mobilized workers to join in the democratic movement through distributing flyers and broadcasting.
HKCTU Condemns Six Major Chambers of Commerce & Hong Kong Business Community Joint Conference
[State of Condemnation]
The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions Condemns the Six Major Chambers of Commerce & Hong Kong Business Community Joint Conference in Jointly Depriving Chinese and Hong Kong Workers' Rights to Collective Bargaining