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.
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Author: China Human Rights Defenders (US)
“China Must Release Detained Labor Rights Advocates”, 25 July 2019
The Chinese government has continued to persecute labor organizers and labor rights activists one year after suppressing a labor strike in the southern city of Shenzhen. Since authorities first began detaining protesting workers at the Jasic Technology factory and their supporters on July 27, 2018, the government has ramped up its anti-labor campaign by detaining and harassing labor rights advocates, including factory workers, activists, researchers, NGO workers, social workers, and media editors beyond the Shenzhen Jasic strike. In a clear demonstration of the Chinese government’s continuous failure to protect socio-economic rights, including workers’ rights to fair wages, safe working conditions, or independent trade unions, authorities have targeted labor organizers and those who have spoken up in support of workers in order to punish and silence them.
As China’s development “model” continues to deepen socio-economic inequalities and ferment social discontent, there have been numerous workers’ strikes and protests for environmental and other social safety-net protection in many Chinese cities…
CHRD urges the Chinese government to release the detained labor rights activists. These detentions are arbitrary because authorities detained these individuals in retaliation for their peaceful exercise of the rights to peaceful assembly, free expression and free association through organizing an independent labor union. Enforced disappearances violate Chinese criminal code and international human rights standard. The detainees have been denied their rights to a fair trial and legal counsel. Those forced into disappearance are at risk of being subjected to torture…
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Author: Mu Xuequan, Xinhua
"Investigation on so-called worker incidents in Shenzhen", 24 August 2018
Local police have issued the preliminary findings on a series of worker-related incidents with the Jasic Technology Co. Ltd. in the south China city of Shenzhen...
"China should release detained labour activists, says rights group", 4 December 2018
Human Rights Watch... called on the Chinese government to set free a group of over 30 labour activists, factory workers, college students and trade union officials detained in a nationwide crackdown launched in mid-2018.
In July, workers at Jasic International, a welding-machinery manufacturer in southern Shenzhen city, staged protests after being fired by their employer while attempting to form an autonomous labour union. The incident has sparked waves of detentions by the Chinese authorities followed by further activist demonstrations from supporters from across the country...
China's Ministry of Public Security did not immediately respond... for comment...
Only worker unions that are registered with the official All-China Federation of Trade Unions are considered legal. The Jasic workers had been willing to register, but had sought to elect their own union leaders, rather than allowing the company management to choose them.
As a member of the International Labour Organization, China should also be obligated to allow workers to freely associate and collectively bargain...
Thirty-two individuals remain detained, including labour union officials who helped workers apply to set up their autonomous union, and four have been charged with the crime of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", according to the Jasic Workers Support Group, a collection of activists.
Author: Javier C. Hernández, New York Times (USA)
"Young Activists Go Missing in China, Raising Fears of Crackdown", 11 Nov 2018
At least a dozen young activists who took part in a national campaign for workers’ rights in China are missing, friends said on Sunday, in what appeared to be an effort by the government to silence one of the most visible student protests in years. Unidentified men in at least five Chinese cities rounded up the activists [including Zhang Shengye], who are recent graduates of elite universities…The men beat several activists before pushing them into cars and driving away, the friends said… Mr. Zhang had been organizing efforts to find activists who were previously detained by the authorities but whose locations are unknown, students said…
The campaign for workers’ rights began in the summer, when dozens of young people descended on Huizhou, a city in southern China, to organize demonstrations in support of factory workers who said they were being treated like slaves…After several weeks of protests and a vibrant social media campaign, the police detained dozens of workers and activists. More than two months later, several remain in detention.
More recently, student activists have tried to organize protests on a variety of issues, including the alleged abuse of workers at a Chinese supplier for Apple, and miners grappling with black lung disease. But the authorities have tried to block them from organizing…In Beijing, students at Renmin University say they were held under house arrest and monitored because of their participation in the protests over the summer in Huizhou…
Jasic not an isolated case: rare spike in arrests and violent police intervention to dissolve worker protests across China
Author: China Labour Bulletin
The harsh police response to the ongoing Jasic Technology workers’ campaign in Shenzhen seems to coincide with a recent surge in swift police intervention to dissolve workers’ collective actions in the past month, and this new phenomenon is not geographically confined to Shenzhen or Guangdong province.
Between July and August 2018, CLB’s Strike Map recorded 12 cases of police intervention out of 279 workers’ collective actions; meanwhile, between January and June, police intervened in a total of 17 cases out of 907…As pointed out in China Labour Bulletin’s 2015-2017 Workers’ Movement Report, published last month, police intervention and particularly the use of force against workers followed by arrests, has traditionally remained low across industrial sectors and provinces. One could in fact argue that police are dispatched to break up workers’ protests only as a last resort.
As illustrated by the Yunyu jewelry and Nanling Toy factory beatings and arrests highlighted below, workers who sought to resolve their grievances within the institutional framework only resorted to public protests when the local authorities failed to help them recover their unpaid wages. Public protests could be avoided in the first place if workers were not owed wages, and if the union played its duty at representing workers at the bargaining table before business owners packed up and left…
China: Dozens of workers at Shenzhen Jasic Technology factory reportedly beaten and detained by police as they protest dismissal after attempting to set up union
Author: Lau Siu-fung & Yang Fan, Radio Free Asia
"Dozens Detained Amid Maoist-Led Rights Campaign at Chinese Factory", 30 Jul 2018
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…
The detention of workers came on July 27 as they protested the dismissal by factory management of those involved in a bid to set up a union through legal channels. "No illegal dismissal! We want to go back to work!" they chanted in a protest last week outside the factory…Seven workers also said they had been beaten up by police for their involvement in the campaign to found a union. "When the police came, they knocked us to the ground without a second thought and started to beat us up," one of the seven said in a video statement posted to SACOM's Facebook page. "This is discrimination ...They treat ordinary people and the bosses quite differently." A source close to the protests who gave only his surname Chen said more than 30 people had been detained…
"警察拉人 黑帮打人 全总不认人 佳士科技工人组工会被炒", 2018年7月25日