Editor’s note: Some days ago, Chinese IT workers posted their protest against the so called 996 work schedule. US workers of Microsoft and GitHub –a website owned by Microsoft where the Chinese IT workers posted their protest – have now issued a statement in support of the Chinese workers. We are re-posting this statement, which has been signed by 336 workers, including some from China, here. Continue reading US Microsoft and GitHub Workers Support Chinese IT Workers’ 996.ICU movement
This article first posted in Made in China Journal.
Au Loong Yu
12 January 2019
In July this year, 89 workers at the Shenzhen Jasic Technology Co. Ltd demanded the right to set up a workplace union. In the past decade there has been an explosion of strikes in Shenzhen, and this dispute is one of the many where workers have demanded better working conditions, owed wages, unpaid social insurance, and severance pay. Yet, the Jasic case is unusual in that it was supported openly by a group of some 50 self-proclaimed Maoists and Marxist university students, along with a small group of older citizens. Coming from different parts of China, they organised themselves into a ‘Jasic Worker Support Group’ and descended on Jasic to stand in solidarity with the workers who were battling the police. Continue reading The Jasic Mobilisation: A High Tide for the Chinese Labour Movement?
17th January, 2019
Last July, 89 workers at the Jasic company in Shenzhen applied to found a workplace union but their application was refused and later their leaders were temporarily arrested. This escalated the confrontation between workers and the local authority, and several dozen Maoist students from all over the country came to support the workers under the umbrella organization of the Jasic Workers’ Support Group. The authorities responded with further arrests, and in total 38 workers and supporters were arrested or went missing. Last August, after the first arrest, there were already some debates outside Mainland China, involving those who are in solidarity with the Jasic workers but who hold different views over the issue of the evaluation of the situation and tactics chosen. Continue reading The debate on the Jasic Struggle
This article first posted in Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres.
This interview is to be published in Chinese on Borderless website, in Hong Kong.
Au Loog Yu – The French president Macron’s wanting to raise the gasoline tax is supposed to be part of the policies of phasing out fossil fuels, right? Should one support an environmental position such as this one? Continue reading The Yellow Vests Struggle and the French Crisis
Bai Ruixue, an independent labour researcher based in Hong Kong, reviews ‘China and the 21st Century Crisis’ by Li Minqi, Published by Pluto Press.
‘China and the 21st Century Crisis’ by Li Minqi, Pluto Press, £17; ISBN: 9780745335384; 232pp; Published: 20 Oct 2015 Continue reading China and the 21st Century Crisis – a review
This article first posted in Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Friday 10 August 2018, by AU Loong-Yu, FERRE Juan
Chinese global aspirations can be seen in the country’s expanding investments abroad. A trade war with the United States may have devastating consequences. Continue reading Strength and Contradictions of the Chinese Economy. US-China trade war, specificities of Chinese imperialist expansion