The Workers’ Movement in China, 2015-2017: A new report from CLB

Workers and labour activists celebrate victory in the Lide shoe factory dispute in the summer of 2015.

Workers and labour activists celebrate victory in the Lide shoe factory dispute in the summer of 2015.

In December 2015, the Chinese authorities launched a sustained and coordinated attack on civil society labour organizations in the southern province of Guangdong. Several activists were arrested and the organizations they worked for were disbanded. This brought to an end a crucial period in China’s workers’ movement as outlined in previous China Labour Bulletin reports) in which civil society labour organizations essentially did the work of the trade union in building worker solidarity and helping to resolve disputes through collective bargaining with management.

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Why Hong Kong shouldn’t forget Tiananmen: advice from a 1989 activist

Han Dongfang was 26 years old when he walked outside of his tent on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 3rd, 1989, to see the trails of tracer bullets as the People’s Liberation Army opened fire on his fellow democracy protesters, killing hundreds of them. Twenty five years later in Hong Kong, where he lives in exile, Han worries about the fate of the city’s thousands of young demonstrators making similar demands for reform.

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