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?
A female worker representative in an auto parts factory, who was democratically elected by her fellow rank and file workers and is fighting bravely against the management, has recently become an icon in the circles of labor activists and lefties in China. This young heroine’s name is Shen Mengyu, who is also a graduate of Sun Yat-sen University and holds a master’s degree in mathematics and computational science. The contrast between her career choice and outstanding academic qualification aroused broader curiosity and discussion on social media as well. Continue reading To The Workers! –A Young Leftist Student Led Her Fellow Chinese Workers To Fight For Better Lives
我們是一群加入街工數年至十多年的會員。有的在街頭與街工相識，有的曾在街工實習，有的曾在街工工作，有的曾任街工執委，有的仍在街工各個崗位擔任幹事。我們當初加入街工，有的是藉著街工才開始接觸工運社運，在街工學習、工作、成長；有的是出於敬佩其紮根社區，推動工人權益的努力；有的是認為作為在當中受薪的幹事，應該透過參與會務實現職場民主而加入。然而不論加入的原因是什麼，我們在過去均努力在街工實踐我們入會時的初衷，組織基層街坊和工人，帶動街坊在自己的困難之上關注權益和社會議題。 Continue reading 一意孤行解散勞工組 譴責梁耀忠一人專政 22名街工會員退會宣言
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