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  • 22/05/2019

    Fu Tianbo’s release was better late than never and is a source of comfort for solidarity groups from outside of mainland China like ours. Nonetheless, the new wave of actions by dispatch workers to defend their rights starting from September 2018 shows that their “transition to permanent status” has not been a satisfactory solution to the problem. Many workers still think that they are not paid properly and reasonably, especially those who have been working there for many years. They believe they should be compensated for the shortfall in wages they have had to endure in the past years, while the group of workers who were laid off due to the “transition” are now facing difficulties in making ends meet. We can expect the Changchun FAW-Volkswagen dispatch workers’ struggle to defend their rights will continue until there is a more reasonable solution.

  • 2/05/2019

    Tech workers in China started a GitHub repository titled 996.ICU, a reference to the grueling and illegal working hours of many tech companies in China - from 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. "By following the '996' work schedule, you are risking yourself getting into the ICU (Intensive Care Unit)," says the 996.ICU GitHub project description. The project calls for Chinese tech companies to obey the labor laws in China and the international labor convention.

    This initiative has garnered massive support within China. GitHub users have been starring the repository as a way of showing their support. In the span of a few weeks, the project has been starred over 200,000 times, making it one of the fastest growing GitHub repositories in the service's history.

  • 9/04/2019

    This report exposes the most problematic and unethical business practices of breastmilk substitutes (BMS) manufacturers in Hong Kong and mainland China and identifies the inadequacies of existing regulation of the industry.

    Breastmilk is widely regarded as the “gold standard” of nutrition for infants and young children. This is evident from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives, and thereafter receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while continuing to be breastfed up to two years of age or beyond. Despite WHO’s efforts, exclusive breastfeeding rates remain at around 40% globally; breastfeeding figures are notably lower in Hong Kong and mainland China, which are incidentally two of the biggest and most lucrative markets for the formula milk industry.

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