China - Further arrests for helping Jasic workers set up a union

The Jasic Workers Support Group (JWSG) reported that on 9 November 2018 two grassroots staff members of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) were arrested for assisting the Jasic workers to set up a union according to the law. The event triggered the Jasic labour dispute. After the 17th General Assembly of the ACFTU in October, staff members of grassroots unions became one of the targets of the crackdown.
The two were arrested on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” on 9 November. One of them was Zhou Li-ping, who was said to have assisted the Jasic workers in preparing their application to set up a union.
According to the JWSG, Zhou Li-ping was one of the few ACFTU staff who was sympathetic to the workers. The other staff member arrested was Li Ao, who also helped the Jasic workers.
A lawyer, Huang Sha, who was representing workers and labour activists connected with the Jasic Technology dispute, was also detained. The JWSG reported that he was taken away from his home in Putian, Shenzhen, on the evening of 30 November.

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