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.
Workers Detained, Student Disappeared: The JASIC Workers’ Struggle Rumbles on in August
The Pingshan General Union granted permission to the establishment of the JASIC trade union preparatory committee, with the vice chairman of the Pingshan Union, Huang Jianxun, appointed as the committee chair, while the company’s Director of Investment Project, Zhang Zhiying, was appointed vice chair of the committee. Such appointments unveiled the blatant collaborations between the ACFTU and the management.
JASIC Workers Supporters Group Member - Shen Mengyu Taken Away by Unknown Assailants
As the JASIC labour struggle continues to brew, the workers and their supporters are still facing immense suppressions from all sides. Most recently, one of the main members of the Solidarity Supporters Group, Shen Mengyu, was taken away by a number of unknown assailants in the public and disappeared ever since.
JASIC workers’ struggle for freedom of association - The development of a nationwide support
While many students are relaxing during the summer vacation, some students from China rushed to Shenzhen to support the workers of a welding equipment manufacturer, JASIC Technology, where workers were physically assaulted and arrested for forming their own independent union.
Protest in Hong Kong to Support the Right to Form Union in China
On August 1, more than 30 representatives from the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and civil society protested against the arrest of 30 workers, who tried to form their independent union in Shenzhen earlier last month. Chanting slogans such as “Release Jasic Workers Now”, and “We want genuine union”, the protestors marched to Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong, the protestors dispersed after handing in a petition letter.
Workers’ representative breaking through restrain - Female Worker Shen Meng-yu
On 19 June 2018, she filed a case against the NSPG at the Guangzhou Court of Labor and Personnel Dispute Arbitration. Shen Meng-yu worked as a dispatch worker at NSPG since November 2015, and became a formal worker in 2016. In 2018, Shen and other workers broke through restrains of the official union, and elected Shen as a representative to collective bargaining on annual wage increment. However, both the NSPG and the official union were not happy with this “unusual” workers’ representative, and fired her based on made-up excuses. Shen Meng-yu thus filed a lawsuit against the NSPG for “unlawful” dismissal.
Doctors prosecuted for fulfilling their duties Elegy of workers with pneumoconiosis defending rights
In November 2017, activists and groups in concern of pneumoconiosis workers burst into an uproar as three doctors of Guizhou Aerospace Hospital was accused of “mal-diagnosis of pneumoconiosis” and prosecuted by local Public Security Bureau for “dereliction of duty of personnel of state-owned enterprises”. Within the 6 months after the arrest, the case was returned to the prosecutor department twice for reinvestigation, and is now in its third round of prosecution.
Tough Guy Meng Han is Released from Prison
Since Xi Jinping came to power, Chinese civil society and activists are experiencing a very difficult period. Earlier this year, the treatment and death of Liu Xiaobo shocked the world. But almost at the same time, rights defending lawyer, Jiang Tianyong, who has been beaten on a number of occasions was forced to plead guilty and sentenced. Thus, it is not surprising that even the toughest guys fell one after another to the terrors of torture and threats to their love ones.
Breakthrough of the Saipan Industrial Action
In March 2017, a worker fell from and died in a construction site of a casino on Saipan Island, a project invested by Hong Kong listed company Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd (HKEx stock code: 1076). The investigation conducted by the FBI confirmed that the contractors had employed a large number of illegal workers from China. Moreover, the four contractors, namely Chinese state-owned Metallurgical Corporation of China Limited, Nanjing Beilida New Material System Engineering, Suzhou Gold Mantis Construction Decoration and Sino Great Wall Co., were found to owe workers their wages, fail to provide labour insurance, illegally withhold workers' passports and violate other labour legislations.