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
Chinese Government: Repression as the Only Answer to Labour Resistance
Starting from the beginning of 2019, labour activists in Southern China have been facing a new round of repression. The Chinese Government launched a cross-provincial detention, taking away five labour activists, Wu Guijun, Jian Hui, He Yuancheng, Song Jiahui and Zhang Zhiru in Changsha, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. As most of the detainees were disallowed to meet with their lawyers in the past month, very limited information is known.
Fu Chang-guo forced to disappear and detention center said no such person
Detained Members of Support Group of Jasic Workers Seemed to “Pledge Guilty” in Videos
In recent days, there have been rumors that the Chinese Government were forcing the student activists from various universities' Marxist Societies to watch a “confession” video of detained members of Support Group of Jasic Workers. In the evening of 29 January, members of the Support Group released the audio clip and transcript of the above-mentioned video.
Serious Mining Disaster Shortly After Safety Check. Vulnerability of China Coal Mine Supervision Exposed.
The roof of the Lijiagou coal mine collapsed on 12 January 2019, killing 21 miners. The mine is operated by Baiji Mining Co. Ltd., in the city of Shenmu, province of Shaanxi. It was confirmed on 13 January that only 66 of the 87 miners working inside were rescued alive. The incident attracted the attention of both local and the Central authorities and raises alarm particularly when the mine and those in the area were recently inspected by the Shaanxi Coal Mine Safety Supervision Bureau shortly before this incident.
In Solidarity with the Detained Jasic Workers: The Fight for Freedom of Association is Not a Crime
The Hong Kong civil society continues to lend their support to the Jasic workers struggle. In solidarity with the detained Jasic workers and their supporters who fought for their rights to unionization, 30 representatives from Hong Kong civil society marched on to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HHKSAR to demand the release of all labour activists.
Spirit of Peking University disappearing 100 years after May Fourth Movement, as the university reforms its Marxist Society and expels arrested students
Peking University Marxist Society, which actively supports workers’ rights, continues to face oppression by the police and the university.
Hunan workers suffering from silicosis returning Shenzhen to show determination to seek justice with ropes
November 2018, Hunan workers suffering from silicosis travelled to Shenzhen to seek better rights. Representative from the relevant department pledged to come up with a new compensation scheme within one month. Worker representatives from Leiyang City and Sangzhi County then negotiated with Shenzhen Government representatives in early December and obtained positive results. The negotiation results were, however, overturned by Hunan People’s Government when it discussed the implementation details with the workers who returned to the province.