tirsdag 9. november 2021

New Report: China - A Gold Medal for Repression

China is not a safe place for working people. Dozens of global multinational corporations have been implicated in human rights violations after abuse was uncovered at their suppliers in China. There is mounting evidence about how people from the Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang are being used as forced labour, with credible allegations that this includes suppliers to international companies. The International Trade Union Confederation Global Rights Index shows how the ruling party does not respect even the most basic rights.

The law permits anti-union discrimination, imposing a single trade union system through the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), which can neither defend freedom of association – the right of a workers to join a trade union of their choice – or the right to strike, and in many workplaces acts as the transmission belt for decisions by the government or management. The government frequently uses public order laws to crack down on legal advocates and trade unionists. For example, dozens of workers at Jasic Technology have disappeared or are being detained on charges of “gathering a crowd to disrupt social order”. In Central Asia, an ITUC report found that basic workers’ rights are routinely violated as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative.