by Zheping Huang First published on Quartz on Dec 23, 2015 With its dizzying array of manufacturing facilities, China’s southern Guangdong province is nicknamed “the world’s factory.” But key to earning that title has been a seemingly endless supply of workers willing to work for very little, and in recent years labor strikes demanding better… Read More »
Given the rise in worker activism and labor unrest in China over the last several years, one might have expected the Stella workers to strike or to stage a mass protest in January when the company announced the factory closure. But nothing happened: Most workers seemed happy with the layoff deal offered by management and left their jobs without a fuss.
This news report appeared on 23 December 2015 on CCTV 13’s Law Online program.
The mother of Zeng Feiyang, a Chinese labor activist who has been detained since early December, is taking an unusual step to try to protect her son’s reputation—she’s suing Beijing’s powerful media outlet, Xinhua News Agency, for defamation.
The mother of detained labour activist Zeng Feiyang is suing the Xinhua News Agency for one million yuan and a public apology after it published a defamatory article about Zeng in December last year.
Labour activist He Xiaobo (photo below) returned to his home in Foshan yesterday evening after four months in detention. He was reportedly released on bail after being charged with “misappropriation of funds.”
Hundreds of millions of Chinese laborers recently took to trains, planes, and automobiles to visit loved ones for the Lunar New Year holiday. Zeng Feiyang, who has worked for years to make sure these workers are treated fairly, languished in a Guangzhou detention center.
A Chinese labour rights NGO targeted in a government crackdown last year has fought back by suing state news agency Xinhua for defamation.
Nanfeiyan Social Works Service Centre in Foshan, Guangdong submitted a civil case against Xinhua and journalist Zhou Wei to a local court on Monday, according to Radio Free Asia.
by NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE in Foshan Published on Global and Mail on Jan 25, 2016 China’s state media has played a central role in a nationwide crackdown on dissidents, broadcasting televised confessions and printing lengthy exposé-style accounts to accuse detained lawyers and activists of unsavoury and criminal behaviour. Now a small labour-rights organization in southern China is fighting… Read More »
China has formally arrested four labour activists who have helped workers fight for their rights, lawyers for two of them said on Sunday, as the government steps up a crackdown on activists pressing for change within the system.