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8 Aug 2017

China: Worker Representatives at Changchun FAW-Volkswagen arrested after organizing campaign for equal pay for agency workers

"In June 2017, worker representatives Fu Tianbo, Ai Zhenyu and Wang Shuai were arrested by police for organizing their fellow agency workers in a months-long campaign for equal pay Ai and Wang have been released while Fu Tianbo remains in detention...Several thousand FAW-Volkswagen agency workers in China's northeast city of Changchun have been demanding equal pay since 2016. For half a year workers have conducted a highly organised campaign and met with management and government officials to settle their dispute through collective negotiations."

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited FAW and Volkswagen to respond to the allegations, response from Volkswagen included.

In Aug 2017, China Labour Bulletin issued a rejoinder that says "So far there is very little evidence to support VW’s claims that it is making every effort..." (link to download full rejoinder below). Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Volkswagen to respond to the rejoinder, Volkswagen did not provide further response.

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