1. 238 international scholars have joined the co-sign.
2. With the pressure and support from the concern group, international scholars and activists, some of the arrestees were released but still under different level of monitor and control. According to the concern group, 15 people are still detained or disappearing as of 6th September (see: https://twitter.com/SACOM_HK/status/1036980968605736960)
3. Multiple lawyers who were willing to represent the arrestees received warnings from the Justice Department to step back or their lawyer licenses will be at risk. All the arrestees are deprived from their legal right to meet with lawyers and therefore their conditions and charges are unknown.
4. Instead of confronting the fact that workers are self-organized and the concern group was formed voluntarily by university students, the authority tried to associate the movement with so called “overdeas anti-China forces”. “Da Gong Zhe”, a worker centre in Zhenzhen were smeared to be the manipulator behind the scene which receive overseas funds. Although the concern group and Da Gong Zhe have repeatedly raised evidences to proof the claim untrue, two activists from Da Gong Zhe are still detained.
5. We demand the Shenzhen People's Procuratorate and the Shenzhen People's Court to respect and guarantee i) Jasic workers’ legal right to unionize according to the Chinese Union Law ii) the arrestees’ legal right to have legal representation and their legal right to be visited iii) Da Gong Zhe, the concern group or other arrestees should not be made a scapegoat of the imaginary “manipulation from overseas” given that the accusation is groundless and not on fact. They should be released guiltlessly.
In May of this year, employees at Shenzhen Jasic Technlogy Co., Ltd., jointly registered a complaint with the Pingshan Department of Human Resources and the Pingshan Federation of Trade Unions (PFTU) regarding Jasic’s illegal behavior, including: illegal last-minute adjustment of employees’ schedules, an illegal system of fines, underpayment of employees’ housing funds, and the illegal compilation of a blacklist divulging employees’ information. To this complaint, the PFTU’s vice-chair and other personnel responded, stating that the employees could organize a union and develop its membership. Following these instructions, the employees prepared to form a union, collecting signatures from eighty-nine of their coworkers expressing their willingness to join. In July, however, PFTU staff and Jasic managers claimed that this formation of the union was illegal. The company then retaliated by illegally transferring the employees to different posts, eventually terminating their employment, threatening and defaming them. The police physically assaulted the workers, took some of them into custody, and even put them and other people who had come to express support under extended detention as suspects for the crime of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” At present, thirty people are still being held in criminal detention, including former Jasic employees, workers from other workplaces who came to support them, and students. (A list of their names is included below.)
The Jasic workers had acted in accordance with both the law and instructions by the PFTU in organizing a union to address an industrial dispute. Yet the company and the police disregarded their legal demands, using illegal and violent measures to obstruct the workers’ legal right to organize and participate in union activity. As a socialist nation led by the working class, China should not tolerate this sort of behavior that violates the class’s interests. This brazenly illegal behavior by the company and the police also gravely contradicts the spirit of Xi Jinping’s speech at the Nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CCP), where he emphasized the need to “uphold the rule of law in all respects.” This incident reflects the vast disparity of power between capital and labor in contemporary China. When workers propose to organize a union in accordance with the law, and to mediate an industrial dispute within the framework of the law, they are suppressed by the company, the police, and higher levels of the union apparatus. When companies violate labor laws and regulations, on the other hand, they are able to mobilize the police and the union system in order to oppose workers’ demands to form unions in accordance with the law. Unions are meant to serve as a bridge between the party and the workers, as an organization for achieving class solidarity. In this incident, however, the PFTU and Jasic’s official enterprise-level union both acted in a regrettable manner. They not only failed to change the disparity of power between capital and labor, but actually worsened it in a way starkly inconsistent with the CCP’s role as the vanguard of the working class.
Therefore, in order to uphold the legal rights of workers, we call on the Shenzhen Municipal Government and the Shenzhen Municipal Federation of Trade Unions (SFTU) to deal with the Jasic incident in an appropriate manner: (1) Immediately release all the workers and their supporters who are being held in criminal detention, and drop the charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” (2) Seriously punish the police and company managers who broke the law, compensate the workers for the economic and emotional damages they have suffered due to this incident, and publicly apologize to them.
(3) The Shenzhen Municipal Government and the SFTU should implement the Trade Union Law of the People’s Republic of China, supporting Jasic workers’ demand to form a union in accordance with the law.
We hope that the Shenzhen Municipal Government and the SFTU can actively and rationally intervene in this matter, affirm the workers’ legal demands, and deal with the problem in a non-violent manner. Only when the workers truly hold the right to organize themselves can unions actually become organizations that represent their interests. And only then can Chinese society truly embody its Core Socialist Values, can Chinese workers find a place in the “Chinese Dream,” and can the four decades of Reform and Opening finally transcend the stage of inequality and move toward truly comprehensive social development.
(The 30 currently detained include: Jasic Workers YU Xun Cong, MI Jiu Ping, SONG Yao, LIU Peng Hua, KUANG Heng Shu, ZHANG Bao Yan, CHEN Zhong Ge; Progressive student HU Kai Qiao; Ex-Jasic Workers and Supporting Workers ZHANG Yu, TANG Xiang Wei, LAN Zhi Wei, QIAO Zhi Qiang, CHEN Ye Ling, SHANG Yang Xue, WU Shuang, ZHANG Ze Ying, HE Qiong, YU Kai Long, LI Zhan, LI Li, YU Wei Ye, ZHANG Yong, MO Jue Zhan, XIONG Zhi, YE Yan Fei , HUANG Lan Feng, HUANG Wen Yi, HE Xuan Hua, Yu Xun Chuan, HU Zhi )
1. Pun Ngai, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong*2. Jack Qiu, School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong*3. Jenny Chan, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University*4. Yujie Julie Chen, University of Leicester*5. Ivan Franceschini, the Australian National University and Ca' Foscari University of Venice6. Ralph Litzinger, Duke University7. Bingchun Meng, London School of Economics and Politics Science*8. Jonathan Unger, Australian National University9. Alexander Day, Occidental College10. Hui XU, Friedrich Schiller University Jena*11. Rebecca E Karl, Professor, New York University12. Seagh Kehoe, University of Nottingham13. Trebor Scholz, the New School14. Anita Chan, Australian National University15. Gianluigi Negro, Università Della Svizzera Italiana16. Christian Fuchs, Westminster University17. Kaxton Y. Siu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University*18. Eileen Boris, University of California Santa Barbara19. Doris Lee, City University of Hong Kong20. Jacob Eyferth, University of Chicago21. Daniel Vukovich, Hong Kong University22. Michael Burawoy, University of Califotnia, Berkeley23. Julie Greene, University of Maryland at College Park24. Jean-Philippe Béja, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique25. William P. Jones, University of Minnesota26. Michael Honey, University of Washington Tacoma27. Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics28. Richard P. Appelbaum, University of California Santa Barbara29. Sora Kim, The Chinese University of Hong Kong30. William I. Robinson, University of California Santa Barbara31. Devi Sacchetto, University of Padua32. Stephen C. K. Chan, Lingnan University33. Elaine Hui, Pennsylvania State University34. Ruth Milkman, CUNY Graduate Center35. Stephen Nugent, Goldsmiths University36. Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago37. Mark Graham, University of Oxford38. Eli Friedman, Cornell University39. Christian Sorace, Colorado College40. Kevin Yang, University of Essex41. Nicholas Loubere, Lund University42. Darwin Tsen, Carthage College43. Brian Hioe, Independent Scholar44. Maggie Clinton, Middlebury College45. Tim Bartley, Washington University in St. Louis46. Hongwei Bao, The University of Nottingham 47. Jeb Sprague, University of California Santa Barbara48. Bridget Fowler, University of Glasgow49. Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara50. Meaghan Morris, University of Sydney51. Imre Szeman, University of Waterloo52. Fuk Ying Tse, University of Warwick53. Peter Birke, University of Göttingen54. Daniel Fuchs, University of London55. Thung-Hong Lin, Academia Sinica56. Fabio Lanza, University of Arizona57. David Brophy, University of Sydney 58. Elly Leung , University of Western Australia 59. Zhang Shuchi, The University of Essex60. Chloe Froissart, Tsinghua University61. Lee Youngchae, Keisen University62. Manfred Elfstrom, Harvard University63. Jon Solomon, Université de Lyon64. Lee Kim-Ming, Community College of City University65. LEE Chun Wing, Hong Kong Community College66. CHEN Kuanhsing, Center for Asia-Pacific/ Cultural Studies, Hsinchu67. Lin Liyun, Center for Asia-Pacific/ Cultural Studies, Hsinchu68. Yueran Zhang, University of California, Berkeley69. Bill Taylor, City University of Hong Kong70. Tianzhu Nie, City University of Hong Kong71. King-wa Fu, The University of Hong Kong72. Ian Cook, University of Exeter73. Kenneth Ng, The Chinese University of Hong Kong74. Regina Chung, The University of Hong Kong75. Wanning Sun, University of Technology Sydney76. Susanne YP Choi, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 77. Yunbing He, City University of Hong Kong78. Geoffrey Pleyers, Catholic University of Louvain79. Andrew F. Jones, University of California, Berkeley80. Qiaochu Li, Renmin University of China81. Tim Pringle, Soas, University of London82. Laleh Khalili, SOAS University of London83. Richard Mead, SOAS University of London84. Ganga, SOAS University of London85. Ken Yau, University of Hong Kong86. John Faulkner, SOAS University of London87. FUNG Chi Keung Charles, The Chinese University of Hong Kong88. Paul O'Connell, SOAS University of London 89. WONG Choi Fung, Caritas Institution of Higher Education 90. Angela Chiu, Independent Researcher91. Sarah Mekdjian, University Grenoble Alps92. Floyd Zhou, London School of Economics and Politics Science93. Zhang Hengyu, Nanjing University94. Jake Lin, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies95. Don Wells, McMaster University96. Kinpan Chau, London School of Economics 97. Miao Tian, Frankfurt University98. Louise Tythacott, SOAS, University of London99. Thomas Marois, SOAS University of London100. Guowei Liang, Johns Hopkins University 101. Robyn Muncy, University of Maryland, College Park 102. David Harvey, City University of New York103. Elisa Van Waeyenberge, SOAS University of London104. Hai Ren, University of Arizona105. Joseph A. McCartin, Georgetown University106. Samson Yuen, Lingnan University107. Ma Ngok, Chinese University of Hong Kong108. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University109. Cindi Katz, CUNY Graduate Center110. Ma Sze Sze, The Chinese University of Hong Kong111. Jeffrey C. Isaac, Indiana University, Bloomington112. Benjamin H Johnson, Loyola University Chicago113. Samuel Wu, Erasmus University Rotterdam114. Edmund Cheng, Hong Kong Baptist University115. Aihwa Ong, University of California, Berkeley116. Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley117. Dorothy Solibger, University of California, Irvine118. Andrew Newsham, SOAS, University of London119. Tingting Zhang, Indiana University Bloomington120. Michel Bonnin, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales121. Callum Cant , University of West London 122. Robert J.S. Ross, Clark University123. Annelise Orleck, Dartmouth College124. Chris Tilly, University of California Los Angeles125. Susan Levibe, University of Illinois at Chicago126. Sai Englert, SOAS, University of London127. Dimitri Kessler, Economic Rights Institute128. Julie Ham, University of Hong Kong129. Jens Lerche, SOAS University of London130. Mark Selden, Cornell University131. Chu-joe Hsia, National Taiwan University*132. Yige Dong, Johns Hopkins University133. Chan Kit Wa, The Education University of Hong Kong134. Maurizio Atzeni , Ceil Conicet 135. Subir Sinha, SOAS, University of London136. Colin Sparks, Hong Kong Baptist University 137. Jim Maffie, University of Maryland138. Yue Meng, University of Toronto139. Jerome Hoffman, UCLA140. Teri L. Caraway, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities141. Angela Xiao Wu, New York University142. Yossi Dahan, College of Law & Business143. Elaine McCrate, University of Vermont144. Leslie Gates, Binghamton university145. Markus Haunschmid, University of Vienna146. Tom Armstrong, SOAS University of London147. Bruce Cohen, Worcester State University148. Helga Zaunegger, Universität Wien149. Benjamin McKean, Ohio State University150. Dana Howard, Ohio State Universoty151. Daniel Sidorick, Rutgers University152. Stephen McFarland, The University of Tampa153. Allie Robbins, CUNY School of Law154. Chris Wegemer, University of California, Irvine155. Tom Langford, University of Calgary156. Peter Shrock, Southeastern Louisiana University157. James R. Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana158. Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside159. Matthew S. Williams, Loyola University Chicago160. Éric Florence, University of Liege161. Marquita Walker, Indiana University162. Thomas Stieber, University of Göttingen163. Mary L. Gray, Indiana University164. Karoline Duchene , University of Duisburg-Essen 165. Mary E. Frederickson, Emory University166. Xiao Liu, McGill University 167. Lorenz Wolf, Universität Wien168. Josef BAUM, University of Vienna169. Stephan Ortmann, City University of Hong Kong170. Saul Thomas, School of the Art Institute of Chicago171. Paolo Novak, SOAS University of London172. Chris Chase-dunn, University of California, Riverside173. Dan Graff, University of Notre Dame174. Timothy Choy, University of California, Davis175. Michael Palm, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 176. Nicole Mayer-Ahuja, University of Goettingen177. Damian Tobin, SOAS, University of London178. Meredith Katz, Virginia Commonwealth University179. Anne Engelhardt, Kassel University180. Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS University of London181. Michael Fütterer, Paris Lodron Universität182. Timothy Choy, University of California, Davis183. Victor Chen, Virginia Commonwealth University184. Fabian Namberger, Goldsmiths, University of London185. Feyzi Ismail, SOAS, University of London186. Ulrich Brand, University of Vienna187. Chris Rhomberg , Fordham University 188. Ho Sik Ying, Petula , The University of Hong Kong189. Benson Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University190. Chan Yin Ha, The Chinese University of Hong Kong191. Wong Chi Wai, Community College of City University192. Rose Luqiu, Hong Kong Baptist University193. Clara yuen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong194. Kenneth Chan, Hong Kong Baptist University195. Rose Luqiu, Hong Kong Baptist University 196. Guanchen Lai, SOAS University of London197. Choi Po King, The Chinese University of Hong Kong198. Chun Chun Ting, Nanyang Technological University 199. Manel Ollé, UPF Universitat Pompeu Fabra200. Rolien Hoyng, Chinese University of Hong Kong201. David P., Independent Researcher202. Rolien Hoyng, Chinese University of Hong Kong203. Jessica Sklair, School of Advanced Study, University of London204. Winifred Poster, Washington University, St. Louis205. David Burley, Southeastern Louisiana University206. Lisa Leung, Lingnan University207. SuLin, Heilongjiang University208. Ryan Luk, UC Davis209. Kenneth Yeung, L'université catholique de Louvain210. Jessica Wong, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales211. Jay Lingham, SOAS, University of London212. Jonas Riese, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena213. Oliver Scholten, Hermann-Gmeiner Berufskolleg214. Louisa von Freytag, University of Göttingen 215. Jonathan Pattenden, University of East Anglia216. Christian Jooß, University of Göttingen217. Nancy Holmstrom, Rutgers University218. Jeroen Merk, University of Edinburgh219. Richard Smith, Independent Researcher220. Nancy Holmstrom, Rutgers University221. Jeroen Merk, University of Edinburgh
*also appear on the Chinese version of co-signed list
(List to be updated continuously)