Statement: Stop Repressing Independent Labour Movement Global Support for Detained Workers and Labour Activists
In July 2018, workers from Jasic Technology in Shenzhen were dismissed by the company for organizing their own trade union and were later criminally detained by government officials on charges of "Gathering a Crowd to Disturb Social Order". Waves of mass arrested were undertook by the city government targeting the workers and supporting activists. As of today, more than 40 people are still under criminal detention, including worker representatives, student supporters, community centre and labour NGO staff. Most of the detainees were deprived from their legal rights to meet their lawyers and communicate with their families.
A Letter from Detained Labour Activist Wu Guijun's Wife Exposes China's Hypocrisy
On March 13, 2019, detained Chinese labour activist Wu Guijun’s wife, Zhou Yuzhi, takes a swipe at government officials by posting a handwritten letter on WeChat, reiterating that her husband’s arrest is a violation of basic labour rights and civil rights.
Unceasing Suppression on Labour Movement: Crackdowns on Labour Rights Activists in China Since 2015
Since 2015, labour movement in China has entered a harsh winter. This article summarizes the suppressions on labour struggles since December 2015 for a better understanding of the situation on China’s labour movement in recent years.
Another Jasic Struggle confession footage emerges: Ideological struggle drawing a veil over class warfare
On 2019 March 2nd, another round of Jasic Struggle confession footage appeared online. However, the content diverged significantly from the past emphasis on “foreign forces ” ulterior motives.
Suppression on Labour Movement: New Labour Activists Formally Arrested
Five labour activists, Zhang Zhiru, He Yuancheng, Wu Guijun, Song Jiahui and Jian Hui were detained by the police in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Changsha on 20 January 2019. Except He Yuancheng, they have been disallowed to meet with lawyers and their family members have been harassed by the authorities and told not to contact lawyers. On 26 and 27 February, the families of Zhang Zhiru, He Yuancheng and Wu Guijun finally learnt their charges separately.
Free the detained labour activists. Let them go home for New Year.
Starting from July 2018, a series of collective actions has broken out as workers at Jasic Technology decided to organise their own union to safeguard their rights. At the moment of writing, 53 people are behind bars because of their involvement with or support for Jasic workers, including sympathetic students or graduates, NGOs' workers or unionists at the grassroots level. At the same time, Chinese Government detained five labour activists on 20 January 2019. Details are not yet known, but it is reported that two of them would be charged with “gathering a crowd to disturb social order