Worker Empowerment joined other Hong Kong-based labour organisations in regard of demanding the immediate release and drop of case of 4 labour activists in Guangdong.

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Mizutani (Shenzhen) Toy Factory Co. Ltd., a Hong Kong-registered enterprise producing for Tokyo Disneyland since 1997, announced its sudden closure and relocation to the Philippines in June 2015. A total of 9 million yuan of severance compensation, social insurance and housing provident fund payments covering 196 employees has been in arrears. The livelihood of Mizutani workers, among which a lot of them are middle-aged and find looking for a new job challenging, is seriously affected by the sudden change.

Worker Empowerment (WE) and the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) have been assisting Mizutani workers in their protests against Mizutani and Disney and subsequent rounds of negotiations. So far Mizutani simply agree to settle the dispute with one tenth of the compensation to which workers are entitled according to the Labour Contract Law and Social Insurance Law, and workers refuse to accept such an unlawful compensation. Disney in Japan and USA has remained silence since a symbolic meeting with WE and HKCTU in mid-July 2015, regardless of repeated demands for their intervention.

This case demonstrates how Disney has failed to fulfill its corporate responsibility. The report titled “Suppliers Escaped: Disney Abandoned Mizutani Toy Makers Viciously” jointly published by WE and HKCTU aims at disclosing how Mizutani and Disney violate Chinese labour regulations and its betrayal to frontline workers. It is important for the general public, especially customers of Disney-branded products, to pay attention to workers’ suffering behind them.

The full report is available for download.

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A group of academics in China wrote an open letter to the provincial government of Guangdong, in regard to recent NGO crackdown in Shenzhen and to urge for the realisation of social construction in the province.

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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 –

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Worker Empowerment  E-newsletter issue 12/2009 30thDecember, 2009 WE-News: Two Years to Fight for a Fair Trial and Verdict for Huang Qingnan and Shenzhen Worker Centre, China ———————————————————————————————————————– It has been two years since China labor activist Huang Qingnan almost lost his leg to an attack on 20 November 2007. The founder person of the Dagongzhe […]

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Press Release 2008.12.24 Demand for fair and open trialInternational and Hong Kong Civil Community watch the assault on the legal person of Dagongzhe Centre  Around 15 representatives of international and Hong Kong labour and civil organizations were packed in the Shenzhen Longgang People’s Court for the hearing of Huang Qingnan’s attack case. The attendees showed […]

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  Mr. Xu Zhong Heng Mayor of Shenzhen City, Mr. Liu Yu Pu, Secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Party Committee Mr. Deng Lian Ji, President, Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court Mr. Bai Xin Chao. Procurator-General, Shenzhen People’s Procuratorate of Shenzhen City Court     7 November 2008 Stop the Violence— Defend Labour Rights Lawful and Harsh […]

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Updates on the Violent Attack to HuangDagongzhe Centre Relocated and Returns to Routine Operation Half year after the horrible attacks to Huang Qing-nan and the Shenzhen Dagongzhe Migrant Worker Centre (hereafter DGZ Centre), which is the close partner of Worker Empowerment (hereafter WE), WE will be in full support to its programmes, and striving for a return […]

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