A protest is being organised by New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) on 23rd Oct. 2013, in solidarity with the Workers’ Cause in China.
Wu Guijun, a worker and Trade Union activist has been held in police detention since 23rd May of this year – in protest against the criminalisation of workers’ struggle in China. Wu Guijun’s imprisonment brings to us the memory of more than a year long jailing of the 147 heroic Maruthi Suzuki workers in India. Around the world, the working class are once again showing combative spirits and are challenging the capitalist rulers.
Chinese section of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) chinaworker.info has called for an international day of protest on 23 October to mark 5 months since Wu Guijun was arrested at a workers’ protest march. This is part of a growing chorus of protests from trade unions and other concerned organisations around the world.
We are protesting over the extra-legal detention of Shenzhen workers’ representative Wu Guijun, arrested and detained for almost five months, following a labour dispute in May. Wu and his fellow workers, at the Diweixin Product Factory in Shenzhen’s Baoan district, took strike action to demand compensation and back pay, as the Hong Kong-owned company shifted production from Shenzhen to Huizhou.
It seems Wu Guijun could be charged with “gathering a crowd” and other public order offences which can carry a 5-year jail sentence. The case highlights the worsening crackdown on workers’ rights, strike action and free speech in China. Wu is 40 years old, with two children and two elderly parents to support. His wife is also a migrant worker earning just 2,000 yuan per month (Rs. 20,220). For months he was refused access to family and even a lawyer.
We are calling for: Release Wu Guijun – No criminalisation of workers’ struggle!
For the right to strike! For independent trade unions !
Protest Day of Action – 23rd Oct 2013 – 5 to 6.30 pm @Town Hall, Bangalore.
Around the world: INDIA, SRI LANKA, GERMANY, SWEDEN, HONG KONG, IRELAND, AUSTRALIA, MALAYSIA AND MORE….
END THIS INJUSTICE. WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!