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.
Silicosis Workers from Hunan Province Fought for Their Rights in Shenzhen and Were Assaulted by Police
On 7 November 2018, over 300 Silicosis victims and their family members from Hunan Province staged a march and sit-in protest in front of Shenzhen City Government, demanding the government to help them with medical expenses and compensation issues, as they contracted the occupational disease in Shenzhen. In the same evening, police assaulted the workers to disperse them, causing many incidents of injuries and hospitalization.
UN review China’s human rights, while Fu Chang-guo detained for more than 100 days
The United Nation Human Rights Council recently conducted universal periodic review on China’s human rights, where China had to answer questions from other member states. At the review session, the Chinese government declared its respect human rights, while workers related to the Jasic labour dispute were arrested for more than 100 days and not allowed to see their lawyers.
Absurdity of China’s Trade Union Law and ACFTU revealed in Jasic labour dispute
In the recent Shenzhen Jasic labour dispute which attracted much attention, the workers made a daring move to self-organize a trade union under the existing legal framework of China. However, workers’ aim to organize their lawful union was shattered by the Trade Union Law and the All-China Federation of Trade Union (ACFTU). When the workers were organizing their union, the ACFTU used the Trade Union Law as an instrument to abuse the power granted by the law. The ACFTU confused truth and falsehood, claiming the workers’ application according to legal procedures was illegal and irrational