Unemployment in China may hit 70 million Workers in electronics industry face massive layoffs
Since February, various parts of China has resumed work and production when the COVID-19 pandemic was reportedly under control. However, due to the serious epidemic in Europe and the United States, orders from abroad have been greatly reduced, which takes another dent into the Chinese economy. Many factories face closures, while workers are furloughed and dismissed. Foxconn and Shanghai Pegatron, the two largest OEMs of Apple's mobile phones in China, have laid off employees due to a major business decline.
The Bubble Revolution in Chinese Football: Lives at the Bottom of the League
In November 2019, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao regained the Chinese Super Football League (hereinafter: CSL) and won the title 8 times in 9 years. It is estimated that each player in the team would receive a bonus of approximately RMB 1.5 million to 2 million. However, at the other end of the professional football hierarchy, players from Hunan Billows F.C., who are playing in the third and lowest tier professional football league, China League Two (hereinafter: League Two), were forced to take to the streets to defend their labour rights as they had not been paid for more than one year. Despite being professional footballer, the disparity in the treatment of players in different Chinese leagues is staggering.
Mission to Cambodia-a Country Fully Integrated by China
Due to geopolitical reasons, China has a very large influence on Cambodia historically. As China's economic might continue to strengthen, China's economic impact on Cambodia is also increasing. In recent years, the Chinese government has always stressed that Chinese investment is beneficial to local development in her official propaganda; however, the actual situation seen during our visit to Cambodia with the ITUC was quite different.
Persistence under the Political Winter: Xiangzi and Heart Sanitation
The founder of “Heart Sanitation”, Chen Weixiang (better known as Xiangzi), and two staff members were arrested by the Guangzhou Police on December 17, 2019. Friends of Xiang Zi released news on December 23 stating that they had been subjected to fifteenth days of "administrative detention" on charges of " Picking quarrels and provoking trouble." After the administrative detention period expired, Xiangzi was released on January 2, 2020.
YTO Employees' Action: a glimpse into China's fast-growing, yet sweatshop-like delivery service sector
Employees of logistics giant YTO Express have staged multiple protests in cities across China after the company announced its “reorganisation” of its high-end business service OTP Express in early October. Since 12 October, 7 collective actions broke out in cities such as Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai. The largest-scale protest took place in Shanghai, hundreds of employees staged a sit-in on the staircase in front of YTO's headquarters, demanding the company to compensate its newly dismissed employees.
Billion dollars of wage theft: Hong Kong investors might act as accomplices
As a global financial centre, Hong Kong has been long a popular base for Chinese enterprises to raise fund and get listed. Funds, grouping various Chinese shares together, have been popular among the investors. As an ordinary investor, s/he gets very little or almost no information about the labour conditions in the listed company s/he invests in. It is not unlikely that your investment in the Mandatory Provident Fund has been supporting Chinese enterprises which are the usual suspects in terms of labour rights violations.
Report on food delivery rider unrest (2017-2018)
It is generally believed that delivery workers could hardly protest with collective effort, as they are individuals in the gig economy. However, data shows a phenomenon of the opposite: A total of 47 protests had been launched by delivery workers between August 2017 and July 2018; collective actions took place more frequently especially at later stage, i.e. between May and July 2018, that was referred to as “national food delivery worker unrest”. This report will introduce the background of the industry, its emergence, working conditions of delivery workers, and analyse their protests in the past year.
Guangzhou labor activist Meng Han released after being detained for 38 days
On August 30, Guangdong labour rights activist Han Meng was arrested again by the police. Sources say that he was taken home by several plain-clothed and uniformed officers. His home was searched for more than an hour. Afterwards, he was taken back to the police station
Anti-extradition protesters occupied West Kowloon Station, burning PRC’s back column. Heated debates on web-forum LIHKG
As Anti-extradition protests escalated, local netizens organised a demonstration in Kowloon on July 7, reiterating the five demands. The demonstration route ends at West Kowloon Station. The organiser claimed the aim was to “export revolution” and promote Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement to the mainland tourists. Under co-location, the sovereignty of the platform is in the hand of Communist China. The Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link is a representative project of “China-Hong Kong economic integration”. The choice of the location itself has a symbolic meaning.