As Saipan Casino Opens, Migrant Construction Workers Still Fighting for Wages & Injury Compensations
On May 16, 2017, we called on allies to demand that the Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific International Holdings Limited remedy the abusive labor conditions on its $500 million casino project in Saipan, a U.S. Commonwealth. As of July 6, the casino is now open, but the Chinese migrant workers who built it – doing grueling work for long hours under dangerous conditions – still have not been legally compensated.
Freedom of Speech is not a crime! Release labour rights activist Liu Shaoming now!
Labour rights activist Liu Shaoming, who has been indicted of “inciting subversion of state power” for publishing online memoirs of his recollections of the 1989 pro-democracy movement was sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison on July 7, 2017, which is close to the maximum penalty (5 years sentence) of the crime.
China Labour Activist Due to go on Trial
Under the authoritarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party, what happens to Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo is by no means a coincidence. In fact, many others in China are also facing charges of “Inciting Subversion of State Power”, and labour activist, Liu Shaoming, is one of them.
Investigation on Corporate misconduct is not a crime. Free the labour activists now!
On May 30th, three labour activists Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng were being arrested by Jiangxi public security when they were investigating labour conditions of a Huajian Group’s factory, which has manufactured Ivanka Trump’s branded shoes. Those labour activists are still kept under criminal detention for over 23 days,and are prosecuted for illegal use of eavesdropping equipment.
200 Hong Kongers Commemorate the Death of Labour Rights Movement Hero Li Wangyang
June 6 marks the fifth anniversary of the labour movement hero Li Wangyang’s death. Five years ago, the wronged death of Li instigated an uproar both domestically and internationally, inspiring 25,000 Hong Kong people took to the streets to demand for his justice. Nowadays, the Chinese Government is still trying to distort the truth in insisting that Li committed suicide, while Li’s sister, Li Wangling, brother in law Zhao Baozhu, friends Zhu Chengzi and Yin Zhenan are still under surveillance.
Right to communicate violated: Labour Activist has been detained and isolated for 16 months
Chinese labour activist Meng Han was sentenced to a prison term of 21 months by Panyu District Court of Guangzhou City on 3 November 2016, for "gathering crowds to disrupt public order" as he helped organize workers to defend their rights. He was then sent to serve his sentence in Shaoguan Prison of Guangdong Province and is expected to be released in September 2017.
International Labour Organization urge the Chinese Government to respect workers’ right to organise
In December 2015, the Guangdong Provincial Government launched a mass crackdown against labour activists, detaining over 25 volunteers and employees of labour NGOs. Some of them were released after interrogation but six of them, Meng Han, Zhu Xiaomei, Tang Huanxing (aka Tang Jian), Zeng Feiyang, Peng Jiayong and Deng Xiaoming have been charged with “gathering a crowd to disrupt social order”, for their involvement and assistance to workers at the labour actions in Lide Shoe Factory and Cuiheng Bag Factory.
Hong Kong Enterprises Neglect Social Responsibilities and Condone Brutal Repression on Workers
In October 2016, the HKCTU released a “Monitoring Report on Collective Labour Disputes of Hong Kong Enterprises in China” (hereafter: Monitoring Report), covering large-scale labour disputes in Hong Kong enterprises and their labour rights violations between May 2015 and April 2016.
Coca-Cola China Refranchising Deal Sells Out Workers Rights
In mid-November, the Coca-Cola Company announced to refranchise their bottling operations in China to COFCO Corporation and Swire Beverage Holdings Limited. For fear of their employment stabilities and conditions being endangered by the new ownership, workers from the Coca-Cola bottling plants in Jilin, Chongqing, and Chengdu demanded to be laid off and compensated in accordance to the statutory severance payments.
Labour Activist Meng Han Unjustly Sentenced to 21 months in Prison
Among other Chinese labour activists who were detained in late 2015, Meng Han was the last to be tried. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison on 3 November 2016 in the Panyu District Court, Guangzhou. As he has been detained since 3 December 2015, he is expected to serve 10 more months in prison and be released on 2 September 2017.