China listed in ten worst countries for working people

In its 2015-2016 ITUC Global Rights Index (the Index), published on June 9th this year, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) listed China as one of the ten worst countries for working people.

The Index, rating 141 countries on the degree of respect demonstrated for labour right, is based on 97 indicators derived from International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions and internationally recognized labour rights jurisprudence. Once again China was given the Rating 5 which, being the worst rating a country could get, indicted that there is still no guarantee of labour rights in the country. Due to the absence of legal right to strike, in events of collective rights protection movements, the workers were frequently threatened and harassed by employers and local government officers, and in some cases, with police engaging in physical attacks. Regarding the mass suppression and arrest against labour advocates in Guangdong in late 2015, the ITUC has already filed a lengthy complaint to the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association. It is worth noting that Hong Kong, given its equally flawed labour legislation, was also listed under Rating 5 in the Index.