Scholars Demand the Shenzhen Government Release Jasic Workers Arrested for Attempting to Unionize
Prof. Pun Ngai of the University of Hong Kong, Prof. Jack Qiu of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Prof. Jenny Chan of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University sincerely and urgently invite you to co-sign this open letter to support Jasic Shenzhen workers currently on strike to defend their right to unionize and those arrested for joining or observing workers' protest.
At this moment, 30 workers from Shenzhen Jasic (Jiashi) Technology Co. and observers are detained after workers attempted to practice their legal right to organize a trade union. Workers were threatened, beaten and arrested but are still strong and eager to defend their rights. They desperately need support from progressive individuals and organizations elsewhere in the world to let the Chinese government know, the world is watching. For more details, please refer to SACOM's video.
Workers’ actions are remarkable in the sense that workers are standing up to defend not only their economic, but also their political rights. This marks the rising consciousness and awareness of the working class in modern China. Your support and concern are crucial to widen the space available for Chinese workers to mobilize and defend themselves in this strike.
"Whose interests? A Comparative Study on Trade Unions’ Responses to Migration and Migrants in Finland, Ireland, and Portugal" - new project led by the RC44 member, Rolle Alho, founded by the Academy of Finland and carried out at the University of Helsinki’s Swedish School of Social Science. The project aims to provide an international comparative perspective on the response and attitudes of trade unions to immigration. More information about the project can be found at: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/nordic-welfare/whose-interests-do-trade-unions-serve
On 7th April, the RC44 member, Kim Scipes got promoted to Professor of Sociology at Purdue University Northwest. Congratulations! More information about his research can be found at: https://faculty.pnw.edu/kim-scipes/
The article's abstract: Labour activists have called for greater international co-ordination among trade unions in response to the assault on organized labour by global capital, but such co-ordination faces many hurdles. Under what conditions can unions overcome those barriers and co-ordinate effectively to achieve campaign goals? I examine this question through a comparison of European-level international solidarity with Portuguese, Greek and English affiliates of the International Dockworkers Council involved in labour disputes. The divergent outcomes of otherwise similar cases reveal the critical role of politics and strategy at different scales and sites of union organization in determining the successful exercise of labour internationalism.