Position and Analysis
Conspicuous in Spending but Miser on Workers: Chinese Enterprise Exploits Workers despite Profit Boom
Chinese enterprise Huawei Technology Co. was under fire since the arrest of its CFO Meng Wanzhou by the Canadian government and its lawsuit against the US government over the equipment ban some weeks ago. Meanwhile, the diplomatic crisis due to the arrest of Meng triggered a heated debate on whether Chinese-owned telecommunications companies are cybersecurity risks to the world.
Chinese Government: Repression as the Only Answer to Labour Resistance
Starting from the beginning of 2019, labour activists in Southern China have been facing a new round of repression. The Chinese Government launched a cross-provincial detention, taking away five labour activists, Wu Guijun, Jian Hui, He Yuancheng, Song Jiahui and Zhang Zhiru in Changsha, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. As most of the detainees were disallowed to meet with their lawyers in the past month, very limited information is known.
Joint Letter: Labour Right violations undertaken by Global Brands Group’s sourcing partner in El Salvador
Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions Global Monitor and Workers Empowerment had issued a joint letter to the Hong Kong-based international apparel giant, Global Brands Group (GBG), regarding the shameless act of sudden closure of one of its main supplier factories in El Salvador, resulting in the arrears of wages, severance and benefits of 824 garment workers.
ACFTU helpless with increasing labour disputes caused by casualization of work
In 2015, China achieved its initial stage of economic transformation and the most labour intensive service industries made up over 50% of GNP. In the same year, network coverage of the country has reached 50.3%, which means over 700 million Chinese were accessible to internet. E-commerce has become a new trend of China’s new economy.
AFCTU unconcerned as resistance of take-away deliverers continued
Online take-away business has boomed in all major cities in China in recent years, forming a group of million “take-away bros” among the urban dwellers. Online take-away business has brought significant impact to urban life and the traditional catering industry. Urban citizens manage their meals with mobile phone apps, and restaurants are extending their production chain to serve orders placed online.
The #MeToo movement beyond the reach of China’s women workers
In October 2017, female celebrities in USA publicly denounced famous producer Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault and encouraged all women who were sexually violated to speak out of their painful experience, and used the hash-tag #MeToo on social media. Under the presidency of Donald Trump who was a far-right politician allegedly involved in several sex scandals, a social movement calling for gender equality and against patriarchy quickly developed and soon spread to east Asia.
Calling for a genuine trade union - Why is the Jasic Workers’ struggle so important?
In the last one year, Chinese government has undergone a series of significant political operations, such as enshrining President Xi Jinping's political thought into the Party Constitution; constitutional amendment removing the presidential term limits, allowing him/her to remain in office indefinitely. At the same time, it tightened its control over the civil society, as an attempt to silence social conflicts. However, labour actions, in small or large-scale and somehow connected, take place all over China in 2018. In June and July, various social issues merged.
From Student to Labour Activist: Shen Mengyu’s Quest for Justice
In the evening of 11 August 2018, Shen Mengyu, a representative from the student-worker-coalition which supports the Jasic workers was seized by a number of unknown assailants after dinner with her friends. All of a sudden, her name was spread all over the internet. However, her quest for justice to workers have started years ago, when she was still a student.