China Labour Quarterly Issue 20
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.
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.
HKCTU's Representative Spoke at the United Nations, Calling International Attention to Labour Rights in China
On 9 November 2018, the United Nations conducted the third Universal Periodic Review (hereafter UNUPR) on China's human rights conditions (including Hong Kong and Macau Special Administration Regions). Before the official UNUPR, civil society bodies are invited to Geneva, to express their views on the human rights conditions in the country which is going to be reviewed, so that other member states could make recommendations to that country during the review process. HKCTU is one of the six civil society members, which was invited to speak at the UNUPR pre-session on 9 October 2018.
Hunan Silicosis Workers' 9-Year Pledge for Justice Families' Protests in Shenzhen Met with Police Brutality
On 6 November 2018, over 100 silicosis victims and their family members from Hunan Province protested at the Shenzhen Social Security Bureau in Shenzhen Human Resource Park. They hoped the Shenzhen Government to assist them in settling the compensation issue but the authority refused their demands and triggered more victims and their families joining the protest. This pledge for justice has been going on for 9 years and the end is still yet to be seen.
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.