Striking is Not a Crime
Free WU Guijun Campaign
Wu Guijun and his son.
A tightening over the strikes in China is noticed in a number of cases recently and even the governments in Shenzhen and Guangzhou have less tolerance towards the strike leaders. Rather than using collective bargaining for a settlement, the governments seek tougher measures to criminalise the strike leaders.
Migrant worker Wu Gui-jun (吳貴軍) has been detained by the public security for more than a hundred days since 22 May and is likely to be criminalized for organizing his fellow workers in a homeware factory in Shenzhen to strike and protest the government. Another twelve security workers of the Guangzhou Hospital, MENG Han(孟晗), OU Guanglong (欧光龙), MA Qing (马清). HE Tao (何涛), Hu Zhihui (胡智辉), GU Dalu (古达路), ZHANG Ke (张科), ZHONG Rujiao (钟儒蛟), LI Bin(李斌), YANG Yanguang (杨艳光), CHEN Tao (陈涛), ZHENH Jianfeng (郑剑锋). were put under criminal detention since 20 August. In both cases, the strike leaders were charged for the criminal offence of “assembling a crowd to disturb public order”.
It is worrying that this is taking place in Guangdong province, a recognizably more open region with more pro-active ACFTUs that promote collective bargaining and direct election of the unions.
Migrant workers, labour NGOs, academics and netizens in mainland China and trade unions in Hong Kong are giving solidarity to Wu, the twelve security workers and their families. They are telling the government : To strike is not a crime.
Join the international trade unions’ campaign to ask the government in Shenzhen city and the provincial ACFTU in Guangdong for the release of Wu Guijun.
IUF’s online signature campaign: http://www.iuf.org/cgi-bin/campaigns/show_campaign.cgi?c=778
Solidar Switzerland’s open letter campaign:
The twelve security workers from First Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine are : MENG Han(孟晗), OU Guanglong (欧光龙), MA Qing (马清). HE Tao (何涛), Hu Zhihui (胡智辉), GU Dalu (古达路), ZHANG Ke (张科), ZHONG Rujiao (钟儒蛟), LI Bin(李斌), YANG Yanguang (杨艳光), CHEN Tao (陈涛), ZHENH Jianfeng (郑剑锋). Three of the detained workers are under prosecution for “assembling a crowd to disturb public order”, and the rest of them are still under detention without for more than 50 days without due legal procedure.
Read the report: Criminalisation of the Strike Leaders in Guangdong province