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[STATEMENT]Strongly demand Marks and Spencer and supplier Grosby Footwear (Shenzhen) Ltd. to resolve the labor disputes

[STATEMENT]Strongly demand Marks and Spencer and supplier Grosby Footwear (Shenzhen) Ltd. to resolve the labor disputes

Shenzhen-based Grosby footwear factory is the supplier of international brands such as Marks and Spencer and Clarks in which Marks and Spencer is also the biggest buyer. After the lunar New Year holiday this year, workers discovered that there are late payment of wages and insurance, while the senior employees were particularly concerned about seniority benefits, medical reimbursement, and long-term employment protection because of the recent enterprise transformation. Workers went on strike on 26 May 2014. Between 5 and 12 June, instead of communicating with workers and trade [...]

Open Letter: Strongly demand Marks and Spencer and supplier Grosby Footwear (Shenzhen) Ltd. to resolve the labor disputes

19 June 2014, Thursday

Marc Bolland, Marks and Spencer CEO

Strongly demand Marks and Spencer and supplier Grosby Footwear (Shenzhen) Ltd. to resolve the labor disputes

Shenzhen-based Grosby footwear factory workers went on strike on 26 May 2014. They reported about late payment of wages and insurance, while the older employees were particularly concerned about seniority benefits, medical reimbursement, and long-term employment protection. Between 5 and 12 June, instead of communicating with workers and trade union representatives over the work-related problems, Grosby dismissed in three batches of a total 51 strikers. On 17 [...]

[Action Statement] Action to urge Yue Yuen (0551.HK) to account for the debts on social insurance to the workers

30 May 2014

Today (30 May 2014), labour organizations in Hong Kong stage a demonstration at the Annual General Meeting of Yue Yuen (0551.HK) against the ambiguous arrangement on the compensation of social insurance to the workers.

Since the 5 April, more than a thousand of workers from the world’s largest footwear manufacturer Yue Yuen went on strike in its Gaobu Factory in Dongguan to protest against its violation of labor rights including the deduction on the contribution of social insurance and the labor contracts without legal effect. Later, 50,000 workers joined the strike. Though the strike was ended, Yue Yuen has not yet clearly explained the total social insurance payment in arrear to all affected workers. [...]

A Reflective Article on Workers of the World’s Factory

A touching reflection by Fei GAO, a Duke University student who spent her summer in South China last year. Her article shows a glance of workers suffering from work injuries and the exploitation under the mark of “Made in China”. The article was first printed on Duke East Asia Nexus 4(1).

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Seven Hong Kong Labour Organizations’ Open Letter responding against Six Hong Kong Chambers of Commerce on the Regulations of Guangdong Province Collective Contracts of Enterprises (the “Revised Draft”)

Seven Labour Organizations have jointly signed an open letter responding against the suggestion to put aside the GuangDong Province Collective Contract of Enterprises  given by the Six Hong Kong Chambers of Commerce. The open letter has sent to the HKSAR Chief Executive, Liaison Office of the Central People’s  Government of HKSAR, International Labour Organization, All China Federation of  Trade Unions etc.

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