An Open Letter for the International Human Rights Day =====================================================================   An Open Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights by 14 Hong Kong NGOs On the International Human Rights Day Re-affirm our Stance on the Universality of Human Rights Call on Concern of the Rule According to Draconian Laws & Follow-ups to […]

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Stop the Violent Eviction of the Urban Poor; Respect the Housing Rights of the People   On November 18, 2017, a fire broke out in Daxing District of Beijing, a suburb densely populated by low-income migrant workers. The fire killed at least 19 people and injured 8. After the fire, in the name of “improving […]

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  On the first anniversary of the struggle of agency workers at FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun for equal pay for equal work, we call on the Changchun municipal authorities to immediately release worker representative Fu Tianbo and for FAW-Volkswagen to return to the negotiating table.   Fu Tianbo, who led more than a thousand agency workers […]

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To Yukihiro Nitta Group Senior Vice President Sustainability Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.   1st November 2017   RE: Outstanding severance owed to Jaba Garmindo workers   Dear Yukihiro Nitta,   Thank you for your response to our letter received on the 12th September 2017. We understand that Uniqlo wishes to deny responsibility for the rights […]

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Restore Meng Han’s Freedom, Stop all Surveillance Now MENG Han, a Guangdong labour activist, was released on 3 September after 21 months’ wrongful imprisonment. He was sentenced for “inciting a crowd to disturb public order” because he was merely participated in organising workers in collective labour disputes. We, the undersigned Hong Kong labour organisations, would […]

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WE are excited to publicly announce our new publication at August, 2017. New publication: Research Report on the Labor Condition of Service Industry Workers 劳动力八月出版: 服务业工人劳动状况调查报告集  PDF download here 点此下载 2017年服务业工人劳动状况调查报告集 (只有中文版Available in Simplified Chinese character only.) For more details welcome email to workerempowerment@gmail.com  

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Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour, China Labor Watch, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and Worker Empowerment have just released a joint statement, demanding Disney and its supplier factories to implement the following:

1). Respond to the problems depicted by the investigative reports and open talks with workers and labour organisations;
2). Fulfill its promise to protect workers’ rights across the supply chain: to investigate the Mizutani case and to help their workers claim their missing compensation;
3). Introduce comprehensive changes to the labour conditions of supplier factories.

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Chun Tae-il cover_final A Single Spark: an Autobiography of Chun Tae-il

Worker Empowerment proudly presents the Chinese version of “A Single Spark”, an autobiography of the late Korean labour activist Chun Tae-il. A book launch will be held on 31st August, 2013.

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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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