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.
Re-education Camps in Xinjiang Turn Ethnic Minorities into Cheap Labour
Chinese Government has been long suppressing Uyghurs and Muslims from other ethnic groups in Xinjiang, using the excuse of “fighting against extremism” while practicing cultural genocide, despite the attention it receives from the international community. It even built numerous “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, which function like the “concentration camps” of Nazi Germany, to force ethnic minorities to work at minimum costs.
More workload without more pay Over 1,000 workers strike at Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery
On 15 December 2018, over 1,000 packaging workers from a plant of listed company Jiangsu Yanghe Group Co. Ltd. in Suqian City launched a strike, as the enterprise increased workers’ workload without paying them extra. The enterprise also refused to let workers rest and erode their basic welfare.
HKCTU's Representative Spoke at the United Nations, Calling International Attention to Labour Rights in China
On 9 November 2018, the United Nations conducted the third Universal Periodic Review (hereafter UNUPR) on China's human rights conditions (including Hong Kong and Macau Special Administration Regions). Before the official UNUPR, civil society bodies are invited to Geneva, to express their views on the human rights conditions in the country which is going to be reviewed, so that other member states could make recommendations to that country during the review process. HKCTU is one of the six civil society members, which was invited to speak at the UNUPR pre-session on 9 October 2018.
Hunan Silicosis Workers' 9-Year Pledge for Justice Families' Protests in Shenzhen Met with Police Brutality
On 6 November 2018, over 100 silicosis victims and their family members from Hunan Province protested at the Shenzhen Social Security Bureau in Shenzhen Human Resource Park. They hoped the Shenzhen Government to assist them in settling the compensation issue but the authority refused their demands and triggered more victims and their families joining the protest. This pledge for justice has been going on for 9 years and the end is still yet to be seen.
Updates on Jasic labour dispute: ACFTU staff and co-workers of Shen Meng-yu arrested
Two grassroots union staff members of the ACFTU were arrested for assisting the Jasic workers in setting up a union according to the law. The event triggered the Jasic labour dispute. After the 17th General Assembly of the ACFTU, staff members of grassroots unions became one of the targets of crackdown.
More than 10 members of Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group were arrested. Including NGO workers in Pingshan and local union officials.
After the “successful end” of the 17th National Congress of the All China Federation of Trade Unions (hereafter: ACFTU), people who involved in the Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group (hereafter: Support Group) were suppressed by the Chinese Government. On 9th November, the police in Guangdong Province broke in the Support Group members’ house in Guanzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, and arrest the members.
Years of Missing Social Security Contribution in Hong Kong-Owned Factory ACFTU Ignored Workers’ Call for Help
All China Federation of Trade Unions (hereafter: ACFTU) is the only legal and recognized trade union organization in the mainland China, as China’s Trade Union Law restricts workers to organize independently. Very often when workers seek help from the ACFTU, its unsympathetic attitude turns workers down and they would then take collective action to resolve the problem. A recent labour action in Panyu Tongrong Electronic Co. Ltd. illustrates such a phenomenon perfectly.
Mass dismissals due to a sharp decrease in orders from Apple Inc. Protests broke out in Biel Crystal Manufactory (Huizhou) Limited
Since the US-China Trade War broke out, it has been accompanied with the projection of a grim future for China’s manufacturing industry. In addition, weaker iPhone demand has a profound negative impact on the technology supply chain, as it is reported that Apple would decrease its iPhone XR orders by 20% to 25%. As a result, its supplier, Hong Kong-owned Biel Crystal Manufactory has allegedly laid off many workers, sparking protests in Huizhou, Guangdong Province.
Silicosis Victims Refused the So-called Compensation & Faced Crackdown
On 6 November 2018, over 100 silicosis victims and their family members protested at the Shenzhen Social Security Bureau in Shenzhen Human Resource Park. The protestors came originally from Hunan Province, worked as pneumatic drillers and contracted the occupational illness in Shenzhen. Therefore, they hoped the Shenzhen Government to assist them in settling the compensation issue. The authority refused their demands and triggered more victims and their families joining the protest.