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Condemnation against continued violence directed at a Shenzhen labour group:A joint statement from Hong Kong & International civil organizations

In the recent weeks, we, a group of Hong Kong groups and unions who cover labour issues in
China have learned of a series of violent attacks on a labour group and its legal person in Shenzhen.

We are very upset, concerned and enraged about the recent development. The Shenzhen Dagongzhe Migrant Worker Centre (DGZ Centre) has been long supported by the general public and Hong Kong groups. It provides a free library, labour law education and free legal consultation to migrant workers in Shenzhen. In recent months, it has been involved in promoting knowledge around the “Labour Contract Law”, a new law the national government is introducing to help safeguard workers; and it has provided legal advice in order to de-fuse the current growing tension between employers and workers. On 11 Oct and 14 Nov 2007, a group of unknown and unidentified people came to destroy the properties of DGZ Centre. On 20 Nov, the legal person of the centre, Huang Qingnan was attacked by two people with choppers, on the way to visit a injured worker, just after he left the centre. Huang is seriously injured. In recent months, workers reported they had also been assaulted and verbally threatened by their employers when claiming their wages. Reports to the police have not met with success or interest. They were disappointed that the local government was behaving very indifferently. The attacks on the centre and Mr. Huang prove that interest groups which are trying to paralyze the implementation of this law, distorting the central governments labour policies and revealing openly their dislike of independent labour organizations. If the DGZ Centre’s case is not properly followed up and no proper investigation is undertaken, it will give a regrettable and worrying message that violent prevails. Civil groups in Shenzhen and also other parts of China would face more assaults and their development could be limited. Although we are in based Hong Kong, we care for China’s development and we work for the education and welfare of Chinese workers. In order to develop a harmonious society, fairness and justice must be safeguarded. Therefore, the case of DGZ centre must be resolved and the safety of civil groups in China must be guaranteed. We demand that the Central government & the Shenzhen city government:

Above photo: On 20 Nov 2007, the legal person of the DGZ centre, Huang Qingnan was seriously injured after attacked by two people with choppers.

  • Openly condemns & investigates all violent incidents, and in particular the attack on Huang Qingnan;
  • Helps DGZ Centre to re-start its works and provides Huang Qingnan with appropriate medical treatment and rehabilitation;
  • Implements the national policy to maintain a harmonious labour relations, improves the protection of civil groups and their staff in order to prevent violent acts and maintain public security.

Above photo: On 11 Oct 2007, DGZ Centre was attacked by unknown people. (the date shown on the photo was wrong due to wrong camera setting)
Initiated by:

Worker Empowerment;

Globalization Monitor;

Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM);

Labour Action China;

Asia Monitor Resources Centre

Supported and cosigned by:

1. ITUC/GUF/HKCTU/HKTUC Hong Kong Liaison Office
2. Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions
3. Cleaning Workers Union
4. Hong Kong Women Workers’ Association
5. The Chinese University Of Hong Kong Employees General Union
6. Catering And Hotels Industries Employees General Union
7. Clothing Industry, Clerical and Retail Trade Employees General Union
8. Hong Kong Catholic Institution Staff Association
9. Rights Workers Trade Union Hong Kong
10. Cleaning Service Industry Workers Union
11. Union Of Hong Kong Dockers
12. Hong Kong Dumper Truck Drivers Association
13. Concrete Industry Workers Union
14. The Federation Of Hong Kong Transport Worker Organizations
15. Ocean Park Employees Union
16. Construction Site Workers General Union
17. Hong Kong Domestic Workers General Union
18. Community Care and Nursing Home Workers General Union
19. Hong Kong School Clerks & Janitors General Union
20. Government Mod 1 Staff General Union
21. Industrial Relationships Institutes
22. Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the Worker (Chai Wan)
23. Grassroots Development Centre
24. Elderly Right Development Society
25. Student Christian Movement of Hong Kong
26. Tiananmen Mothers Campaign
27. Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese
28. People Demo
29. Local Action
30. Ziteng
31. Community Cultural Concern
32. Neighbourhood & Worker’s Service Centre International groups/individuals:

1. International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC (International)

2. War On Wants (International)
3. Committee of Asian Women, CAW (International)
4. The Transnational Information Exchange, TIE Asia (International)
5. Clean Clothes Campaign, CCC (International)
6. Karat Coalition (Europe)
7. New Trade Union Initiative, NTUI (India)
8. Jobs with Justice (India)
9. Thai Centre of Labour Solidarity, TCLS (Thailand)
10. Rick Kuhn-Reader in Political Science, Australian National University Workplace delegate, National Tertiary Education Union (Australia)
11. Clean Clothes Campaign Denmark (Denmark)
12. Christliche Initiative Romero (Germany)
13. Rena Kläder (Sweden)
14. Clean Clothes Campaign Sweden (Sweden)
15. Labour Behind the Label (United Kingdom)
16. The National Association of Human Resources Specialists, AUR (Romenia)
17. Clean Clothes Campaign France (France)
18. Peuples Solidaires (France)
19. Workers Initiative Poland (Poland)
20. United Students Against Sweatshops, USAS (USA)
21. Sweat Free Communities (USA)
22. Maquila Solidarity Network, Toronto, (Canada)
23. Lesotho Clothing and Allied Workers Union , LECAWU (Lesotho)
24. Labour Research Service (South Africa)
25. Commission Travail de l’ATFD (Tunesia)
26. Organización de Mujeres Salvadoreñas, ORMUSA (El Salvador)
28. Honduran Independent Monitoring Team, EMIH (Honduras)
29. The Maria Elana Cuadra Movement of Working and Unemployed Women, MEC (Nicaragua)
30. Jonathan Unger
31. Ron Avila
32. Ralph Gayton
33. Andrew Stevens
34. David Paul Xavier Burch
35. Allison Chan36. Diana Covell
37. Sebastian Cobarrubias
38. Robert Periano
39. Kevin J. O’Rourke
40. rosie wagstaff
41. Sten-Olof Svensson
42. Gisela Neunhoeffer
43. Joost Vandeputte
44. Mit freundlichen Grüßen
45. David Hutchison
46. Agnes Ku

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