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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5 December 2018

Article by state media posted on Jasic's website

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...

 

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4 December 2018

China: rights group calls for release of detained labour activists

Author: Reuters

"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.

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19 November 2018

China: More than a dozen young activists reportedly gone missing after campaign for workers’ rights

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…

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2 September 2018

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…

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30 July 2018

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…

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Author: 红气球

"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

…深圳佳士科技员工…发公开信,指控厂方、地方工会和警方联合打压希望筹组工会的工人,以暴力殴打维权工人和拘捕声援人士的事件。公开信中指出虽然被捕的二十多名工人已经全部获释,但在事件中被解雇的工人仍然没有复职,而被殴打的工人仍然在向厂方和地方派出所抗议,希望讨回公道。

事缘上市公司深圳市佳士科技股份有限公司侵害劳工权益,非法调动工人休假,设立违法罚款制度…未有缴足工人住房公积金和泄露员工资讯建立黑名单等违法行为。工人…向坪山区的人力资源局和总工会求助,获总工会副主席黄建勋建议筹组工会,于是…申请筹组工会…不过[后来]包括副主席黄建勋在内的4名工会干部[等人]指斥他们筹组工会是违法行为…员工代表刘鹏华被厂方调到其他岗位工作,同日在厂内被两名身份不明的人士殴打…刘报警后遭到警方拘禁…在其他工人的要求下获释…六名工人代表如常上班,遭到厂方保安粗暴驱赶出厂外,随即遭到警察殴打和扣押。

同日中午,得知消息的二十多名工人前往派出所门口声援,要求释放被捕工人代表,同样遭到拘捕,所有被捕工人于当晚全部获释。逾百名工人于7月23日到派出所门外抗议,要求交代警察殴打工人的事件和赔偿工人医疗费用,工人直至晚上7时左右才散去。7月24日,被解雇的工人到厂房外抗议…工人的抗争仍然持续。

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Author: 紅氣球

"警察拉人黑幫打人全總不認人佳士科技工人組工會被炒", 2018年7月25日

…深圳佳士科技員工…發公開信,指控廠方、地方工會和警方聯合打壓希望籌組工會的工人,以暴力毆打維權工人和拘捕聲援人士的事件。公開信中指出雖然被捕的二十多名工人已經全部獲釋,但在事件中被解僱的工人仍然沒有復職,而被毆打的工人仍然在向廠方和地方派出所抗議,希望討回公道。

事緣上市公司深圳市佳士科技股份有限公司侵害勞工權益,非法調動工人休假,設立違法罰款制度…未有繳足工人住房公積金和洩露員工資訊建立黑名單等違法行為。工人…向坪山區的人力資源局和總工會求助,獲總工會副主席黃建勳建議籌組工會,於是…申請籌組工會…不過[後來]包括副主席黃建勳在內的4名工會幹部[等人]指斥他們籌組工會是違法行為…員工代表劉鵬華被廠方調到其他崗位工作,同日在廠內被兩名身份不明的人士毆打…劉報警後遭到警方拘禁…在其他工人的要求下獲釋…六名工人代表如常上班,遭到廠方保安粗暴驅趕出廠外,隨即遭到警察毆打和扣押。

同日中午,得知消息的二十多名工人前往派出所門口聲援,要求釋放被捕工人代表,同樣遭到拘捕,所有被捕工人於當晚全部獲釋。逾百名工人於7月23日到派出所門外抗議,要求交代警察毆打工人的事件和賠償工人醫療費用,工人直至晚上7時左右才散去。 7月24日,被解僱的工人到廠房外抗議…工人的抗爭仍然持續。

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Author: 佳士科技

...近期,部分网站、微博、微信等媒体终端出现针对佳士科技及其高管、工作人员的恶意侵权信息。这些信息以夸张的标题或内容,捏造我公司“阻挠员工成立工会”、“雇凶殴打员工”、“佳士黑工厂”等不实言论,严重损害了佳士科技的声誉及公司高管、部分员工的名誉。为避免引起社会各界及广大海内外客户的误解,特严正声明如下:

一、佳士科技依法依规辞退打架斗殴员工,维护公司正常管理秩序。7月16日,公司员工刘某某与另外两名员工因在工作中发生口角,并引发肢体冲突,公司保安即刻报警。据公司员工手册规定,7月20日,对三名打架斗殴员工予以辞退。不存在“雇凶殴打员工”的情况。

二、佳士科技依法成立,依法保障员工的合法权益,提升各项福利待遇,绝不是造谣者所述的“黑工厂”。公司自2005年至今均按时足额发放工资、奖金及各项福利待遇。公司工作环境优美,员工宿舍舒适,配有空调、热水器等。公司设有篮球场、乒乓球台、桌球室、k歌房等娱乐活动场地,公司元旦邀请优秀员工家属来深圳见证子女的光辉时刻,组织全体员工旅游,成立十个文化社团,组建佳士学院培育员工成长,设立爱心基金扶危济困,建立员工之家活跃业余文化生活,尽最大努力提高员工的幸福指数,一直以来公司人才队伍稳定,业绩稳步上升。

三、佳士科技依法组建工会的工作,自今年5月份开始,已在有序进行。公司自成立以来一直非常重视员工的民主权利和劳动权益保障,设有职工代表大会,代表全体员工行使民主权利。今年5月份,有少部分员工反映,希望公司成立工会。公司即在区、街道工会指导下有序推进该项工作,不存在网络信息中所述的阻挠成立工会的事实。

希望社会各界及广大客户不要偏听偏信和传播网络上恶意侵权信息。对于恶意诋毁公司以及诽谤公司其他员工的相关造谣者和传播者,佳士科技已陆续采取向公安部门报案、调查取证等法律手段维护自己的正当权益。佳士科技也将视情况采取进一步法律行动,追究恶意造谣者及传播者的法律责任...

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Author: 佳士科技

...近期,部分网站、微博、微信等媒体终端出现针对佳士科技及其高管、工作人员的恶意侵权信息。这些信息以夸张的标题或内容,捏造我公司“阻挠员工成立工会”、“雇凶殴打员工”、“佳士黑工厂”等不实言论,严重损害了佳士科技的声誉及公司高管、部分员工的名誉。为避免引起社会各界及广大海内外客户的误解,特严正声明如下:

一、佳士科技依法依规辞退打架斗殴员工,维护公司正常管理秩序。7月16日,公司员工刘某某与另外两名员工因在工作中发生口角,并引发肢体冲突,公司保安即刻报警。据公司员工手册规定,7月20日,对三名打架斗殴员工予以辞退。不存在“雇凶殴打员工”的情况。

二、佳士科技依法成立,依法保障员工的合法权益,提升各项福利待遇,绝不是造谣者所述的“黑工厂”。公司自2005年至今均按时足额发放工资、奖金及各项福利待遇。公司工作环境优美,员工宿舍舒适,配有空调、热水器等。公司设有篮球场、乒乓球台、桌球室、k歌房等娱乐活动场地,公司元旦邀请优秀员工家属来深圳见证子女的光辉时刻,组织全体员工旅游,成立十个文化社团,组建佳士学院培育员工成长,设立爱心基金扶危济困,建立员工之家活跃业余文化生活,尽最大努力提高员工的幸福指数,一直以来公司人才队伍稳定,业绩稳步上升。

三、佳士科技依法组建工会的工作,自今年5月份开始,已在有序进行。公司自成立以来一直非常重视员工的民主权利和劳动权益保障,设有职工代表大会,代表全体员工行使民主权利。今年5月份,有少部分员工反映,希望公司成立工会。公司即在区、街道工会指导下有序推进该项工作,不存在网络信息中所述的阻挠成立工会的事实。

希望社会各界及广大客户不要偏听偏信和传播网络上恶意侵权信息。对于恶意诋毁公司以及诽谤公司其他员工的相关造谣者和传播者,佳士科技已陆续采取向公安部门报案、调查取证等法律手段维护自己的正当权益。佳士科技也将视情况采取进一步法律行动,追究恶意造谣者及传播者的法律责任...

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