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.
Fifty More Workers and Students Arrested Stop the Suppression on Jasic Workers Now
Although the workers’ struggle to form a trade union in the Shenzhen Jasic Technology Co. Ltd. has persisted for more than one month, there are still no signs of resolving. In the small hours of August 24, the police deployed a number of riot police to raid the residence of the Jasic Workers Solidarity Support Group in Huizhou, forcibly arrested more than 50 workers and students. Including those who had been arrested prior to the raid, more than 70 workers and students have been arrested so far.
ACFTU Join Forces with Employer to Suppress Union Rights
Workers from Shenzhen Jasic Technology Co. Ltd. have launched various industrial actions in the past months, demanding to organize their own trade union under the current legal framework in China. However, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (hereafter: ACFTU), the only recognized trade union in China, worked together with the enterprise’s management and deprived them of their rights to freedom of association.