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.
Guangzhou Handbag Workers Claim Victory Through Collective Bargaining
Guangzhou Panyu Simone Handbag Co. Ltd. (“Panyu Simone”) is a South Korean-owned enterprise that established in 1992. Earlier in March this year, more than 1000 workers from the factory went on a nine-day strike to fight for remuneration on pension and other work-related benefits. Throughout the strike, the workers displayed tremendous solidarity and finally forced the employer to respond their demands by means of collective bargaining.
Workers Leader Still in Detention Despite Progress in Changchun Volkswagen Dispatch Workers Struggle
After a year-long struggle, some progress was made in the dispatch workers' struggle at the Changchun FAW-Volkswagen. On December 21, the company ended its ties with the dispatch agencies and offered a five-year contract to the dispatched workers on conditions that they would forfeit their previous claims in remunerations for equal work equal pay.
Another Workers Struggle in Yet Another Redevelopment Instigated Factory Relocation
Nearly 400 workers from the Jiapan Oil Seal Products Factory in Shenzhen have gone on strike in the cold weather earlier this month. Affected by the Fuyong Innovation Facelift Project, the Japanese owned rubber parts manufacturer plans to relocate its production plant to the Bao’an District in 2018. Despite the imminent relocation, the employer has yet to consult nor compensate the workers as stipulated by the law.
PC Accessories Makers Delayed Workers’ Payout Despite Receiving 177 Million for Factory Relocation
In China, many people believe that the Winter Solstice Festival is even more important the Lunar New Year. However, on the day before last year’s Winter Solstice, workers at the Shenzhen HEC factory were forced to occupy the factory to defend their rights.
Workers Fights for Their Rights as Power Cords Giant Turns Factory into Real Estates Project
In line with the development plan of the Chinese Government, the Taiwanese owned Linetek Electronic, a leading manufacturer of electric power cords in the world, decided to relocate one of its four major subsidiary factories, the Everfull Electronics, from Shenzhen to Huizhou.
Thousand Went on Strike as the World’s Largest Mobile Phone Screen Producer Plans to Move
More than 1000 workers went on strike at the Biel Crystal Production plant in Shenzhen, when news of plant relocation to Huizhoun broke out earliers. On December 7, the workers protested to the Shenzhen Longgang Municipal Office and demanded the government to intervene.
Civil Society in Hong Kong Protest Against the Eviction of the Urban Poor in Beijing
While the Beijing Municipal Government was busy evicting the so-called “low-end population” in the city, there was another “high-end seminar” in the name of “Beijing Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium” taking place in Hong Kong while the Mayor of Beijing, Chen Jining, was presented at the opening ceremony.
Workers Victims of the Largest Bankruptcy in China Fighting for their Rights for 14 Years
During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, nearly 300 former employees of the Guangdong International Trust and Investment Corporation (GITIC) protested at the company’s headquarter in Guangzhou on 12 October, demanding the payment of compensations which was promised by the company more than a decade ago. The rights defending actions of these workers lasted for more than ten years, some took turns to protest at GITIC during their day offs hopeful that their compensations would be repaid one day.
Detained Guangdong Labour Activists Sentenced
Three Guangdong labour activists - Zeng Feiyang, Zhu Xiaomei, and Tang Huanxing, who were arrested by Chinese police on 3 December 2015 - stood trial on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order” on September 26, 2016 in the Panyu District Court in Guangzhou. Meng Han, who was arrested with them, remains detained in Guangzhou Detention Centre No. 1.