ITUC has just released the Global Rights Index 2014. China is rated 5 as ‘the worst countries in the world to work in’ where workers have no effective access to legally protected labour and trade union rights, and are exposed to autocratic regimes and unfair labour practices. [Read the report]
The New Draft of Collective Bargaining Regulation is Up for Legislation in Guangdong Province
The latest revision of the provincial regulation on collective bargaining in Guangdong province was released in March 2014, and expected to be tabled in the provincial people’s congress for passing within this year. The legislation process was hurdled by high profile opposition from Hong Kong employers, see (http://www.ihlo.org/LRC/Laws/250514-1.pdf) and criticisms from the labour community for legalizing the current punishments of strikers (http://www.ihlo.org/LRC/Laws/250514-2.pdf)
Wu Guijun still detained after the second hearing
“I should not be sitting on the defendant's seat today, but those unscrupulous capitalists, malicious bosses and bureaucrats.” - Wu Guijun
“Wu Guijun is not guilty, if justice is with us.” - Pang Kun
Branch Union at Walmart Store in Hunan Province Appeals for Help
Walmart has been planning to downsize their presence and close down the store at Chengde city of Hunan province. The branch union at Chengde store is representing its members for due compensation and involving the district FTU for support in every step it makes. Walmart agrees to pay the legal severance to workers, but not any economic compensation which the branch union claims for lack of a due procedure in closing down a company. Under the Labour Law, the employer should give one-month’s prior notice and consult the union before contract termination, retrenchment or deciding a re-structuring package.
IBM and Nokia Punished Strikers
Criminal Liability for Taking Part in Strikes and Petitions in China
Wu Guijun's Case in First Hearing
Striking is Not a Crime, Free WU Guijun Campaign
WU Guijun, a migrant worker has been detained for more than 130 days now for taking part in strikes against the relocation of the factory he worked in. Wu is likely to be charged by the government for “assembling a crowd to disturb public order”. IUF has launched an online signature campaign to call for his release.
Twelve security workers from First Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine are still under criminal detention for more than 50 days. They went on strike and petitions together with the casualised healthcare workers since May.
Hong Kong Campaigners called for an end to Sandblasting in China
A report on producing merchandise for the London 2012 Olympic games.