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
ACFTU sold Jasic workers and failed its pledge to reform
Labour disputes at Shenzhen Jasic caused by workers’ initiative to form their own union have being going on for more than a month, while supports from mainland China and overseas continued. The Jasic workers have been fighting for months, just for forming a union of their own choosing within the existing legal framework. However, workers’ right to organize was given away again, when the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU, the only legal union in mainland China) joined hands with the Jasic management to suppress workers’ actions. The ACFTU and the Jasic have us
Police Raided the Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group More than 50 Workers and Students Arrested
At 5:00 am on August 24, more than 50 members of the Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group, who are mainly workers and students, were arrested in a police raid at their temporary residence in Huizhou. Despite some resistance, all of the Group members presented at the site were taken away including LAN Zhi Wei, YU Kai Long, YU Wei Ye (three workers released on bail from the earlier mass arrest), YUE Xin (fresh graduate of the Peking University), ZHAN Zhen Zhen (the founder of the Campus Workers Investigation Project of the Peking University), FENG Ge (Ex-President of the Anti-poverty Association of the Peking University), and also other students from the Renmin University of China, Nanjing University who initiated the co-signed supporting Jasic workers.