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A Growing International Solidarity Campaign for the Seven Arrested Mainland Labour Activists

  The signature campaign to free the Chinese labour activists detained last month has already been endorsed by 172 organisations, both local and international. 2450 individuals have also endorsed it. We urge human and labour rights supporters to continue to circulate and/or endorse the statement: Free Chinese labour activists now! End suppression of labour organisations. Labour Start has also launched an international appeal.

Petition: Free Chinese labour activists now! End suppression of labour organizations!

Petition: Free Chinese labour activists now! End suppression of labour organisations! At least four labour activists remain in criminal detention following a recent crackdown on labour organisations.

Why do we need to oppose the TPP?

 Felix, Globalisation Monitor The accomplishment of the TPP negotiation in October has become a big issue in China, but the majority of the comments are either from the neoliberals or the Chinese nationalists. This article tries to inspire some left-wing voices on this topic in the Chinese-speaking world. We are firmly against the TPP and the imperialist agenda behind it, but we don’t support the similar free trade frameworks dominated by China either. This article gives reasons why TPP must be opposed but does not address all the problematic ideas that have emerged in China so far. Therefore, this is only the first of a series of planned articles, through which we hope to win more people to internationalism and class politics. The article is only available in Chinese.

Substitute teachers from nine provinces petition the Ministry of Education

  (Photo: ILABOUR.NET) On September 10th 2015, more than one hundred and thirty private substitute teachers representatives from a total of nine provinces, including Shanxi, Shaanxi, Shandong, Hebei, Anhui, Zhejiang, Liaoning, Hunan and Hubei, collectively petitioned the Ministry of Education in Beijing calling for the implementation of the spirit of document 8 from 2011, which would allow private off-post substitute teachers to be included in the urban enterprise employees social security and health care system. In addition to this, forty teacher representatives from three counties in Jiangxi province also went to the provincial government to petition for their rights. The provincial government representative responded that since it is at the same level in the hierarchy of governmental power as the Ministry of Education, it can therefore simply ignore the document, and also the provincial government does not have the money.

The Shame of Disney Series: Runaway Factory of Disney supplier

HKCTU Facebook Page In June 2015, Mizutani (Shenzhen) Factory Co. Ltd, which mainly manufactured stuffed toys for Tokyo Disney, suddenly announced closure of the company and relocated to its branch factory in the Philippines in order to cut costs and maximize its profit. 196 Mizutani workers lost their jobs, and the factory still owed them severance payment, pension funds and housing provident funds.

An Explosion of Bureaucratic Capital ---- On the Tianjin Blast

(Photo:BBC)   “Many intermediary organizations are either government-run, semi-government-run, or joint ventures of the government and private sector.    Au Loong Yu   On the 19th August, 2015, the Xinhua News Agency released an interesting report on last week’s Tianjin Ruihai International Logistics storage explosion.

Workers Strike at Samsung Supplier Factory in Dongguan

 China Labor Watch Friday, August 14, 2015 NEW YORK - Workers at Dongguan Baoxing Electronics have been on strike for multiple days to demand compensation after the company announced it would relocate operations to another district in Dongguan. During the demonstration, workers held up a banner directly mentions Samsung as a Baoxing client. An online company profile also mentions that Baoxing, a Korean-invested company, is a supplier to brand companies that include Nokia, LG, Samsung, Fengda, and Coolpad. The factory is located in the Hengkeng Sanhe Industrial Park of Dongguan’s Liaobu Township.

Support acting with integrity, reject yellow unions.

 (This is a translation from the Chinese which was originally posted at: 沃尔玛中国员工联谊会的博客) From March 2015, besides the three great beliefs of respect for the individual, the pursuit of excellence and customer service, each of Wal-Mart’s stores in China  began to publicise a fourth great belief, namely to act with integrity. Prior to this, Wal-Mart’s senior management had already spoken about integrity, however they had only required employees to be concerned with integrity, while themselves acting dishonestly towards employees. Regardless of whether it concerns labour management or union elections, they are very dishonest. More than 90% of employees have profound experiences and strong feelings about this.

Chinese Labor Strike: 5,000 Workers Strike At Factory Making Shoes For Nike, Timberland, Kenneth Cole; Police Dogs Deployed

  Angelo Young , IBT March 10 2015 3:32 PM EDT A strike at a Chinese factory that makes shoes for Nike, Timberland, Kenneth Cole and other popular brands grew on Tuesday to about 5,000 workers who are demanding their employer pay its government-mandated monthly housing allowance. Workers for Stella Shoe Co., based in the southern industrial city of Dongguan, began the strike on Sunday and were joined Tuesday by hundreds more Stella employees from another facility.   Stella’s  website  says it makes shoes for the European market and has “sound employees” that “enjoy holiday labor law provisions.” Images posted on Weibo, the Chinese microblogging site, show hundreds of workers wearing orange and blue company uniforms gathered around the factory. Some images depict police forces and K-9 units milling around the striking workers.
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