The extravagant, newly-opened Disneyland in Shanghai should not be a disguise for workers being exploited by Disney suppliers. Mizutani workers are still fighting for their rights regardless of the hostile Mizutani and Disney management. WE writes about that with other supporters of Mizutani workers on OpenDemocracy.
Bloomberg BNA reports on the NGO crackdown in Guangdong.
In recent months, a number of grassroot labour NGOs in Shenzhen have been facing crackdown in different degrees. Dagongzhe Centre, Worker Empowerment’s partner organisation in Shenzhen, was forced to move by the landlord in April 2012, and was cut water and electricity supply for 2 months. After several attempts of petition by the staff and supportive workers, the centre did not manage to stay and resorted to move to a new location in July 2012.
Apart from Dagongzhe centre, 6 other labour NGOs have been facing similar situations. This does not comply with the new policy direction of social management boosted in Guangdong in recent years. The dim future of civil society development in Guangdong has aroused concern from both domestic and overseas media, and reports in English include the following –
South China Morning Post reports on labour NGO crackdown in Shenzhen in recent months.