The Jasic Mobilisation: A High Tide for the Chinese Labour 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?

The debate on the Jasic Struggle

Steven Chan

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

The Yellow Vests Struggle and the French Crisis

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

Strength and Contradictions of the Chinese Economy. US-China trade war, specificities of Chinese imperialist expansion

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

The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime

Anita Chan’s, The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime, is an important recent article that discusses the role of labour Non-governmental organisations (LNGOs) in China and how their relationships with workers have changed over the past three decades. Chan explains how in a situation where the party-state’s All-China Federation of Trade Unions has hardly changed its function, and continues to work with government and management, the role of LNGOs as an alternative in assisting workers’ labour protection has moved from one of dependency to one of a more equal partnership with Hong Kong LNGOs and overseas funders. Moreover, despite the increasingly repressive political environment, as signified by the series of crackdowns on NGO activists, as well as the implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law in 2017, some workers have been more successful with autonomous organizing. Continue reading The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime