[Press Release] Over 50 Workers and Students who Supported the Jasic Workers Struggle were Arrested at 5AM this Morning
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.
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.
On 27/7, 29 Jasic workers, other workers and students who went to the frontline expressing support were arrested and detained as suspects for the crime of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble. After this mass arrest, a group of progressive workers and student formed a “Concerning Group for Jasic Workers Attempting to Unionize" demanding to recognize the workers’ legal right to unionize and to release the detained workers. Thousands of students from 16 universities initiated online petition. The concerning group has been protesting, speaking and promoting in Shenzhen to express their demands. They have been facing a lot of threats and assault including kidnappings. Shen Mengyu, a representative of the group, is still extra-judicially detained since she was taken away by the authority on 11/8.
24/8/2018 5AM, numbers of riot police with full gear and shields violently broke into the rented house of the Jasic concerning group. More than 5 workers and 50 students resisted but failed. All of them were eventually taken away including LAN Zhi Wei, YU Kai Long, YU Wei Ye (three workers released on bail from the earlier mass arrest), YUE Xin (fresh graduate of the Peking University), ZHAN Zhen Zhen (the founder of the Campus Workers Investigation Project of the Peking University), FENG Ge (Ex-President of the Anti-poverty Association of the Peking University), and also other students from the Renmin University of China, Nanjing University who initiated the co-signed supporting Jasic workers. At the same time, two workers representatives and a student called GU Jia Yue who recently visited the All-China Federation of Trade Unions and All-China Women’s Federation for the incident also lost contact.