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30 Jul 2018

China: Workers at Shenzhen Jasic Technology factory reportedly beaten and detained by police as they protest dismissal after attempting to set up union, company denies allegations

"Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are holding dozens of workers at a technology factory [Shenzhen Jasic Technology] after they tried to set up their own trade union…[A]ctivist Shen Mengyu and 14 other supporters were themselves held briefly by police, and subjected to "legal education," in a local police station, before being released late on Monday, the group said via Twitter…"

In an official statement available on Shenzhen Jasic Technology's website (available in Chinese only), the company claims that (i) dismissed workers were involved in fights; (ii) the company has strived to improve workers' welfare and safeguard workers' legal rights; and (iii) the company had already started process to set up a trade union since May 2018.