被刑拘中國勞工領袖(二)Arrested NGO leader:曾飛洋 Zeng Fei-yang

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被刑拘中國勞工領袖(二):曾飛洋

資料整理: 紅氣球編輯

曾飛洋,番禺打工族服務部負責人,1996年從華南師範大學政法系大專畢業,及後進入家鄉的司法局成為公務員。獲得優差,但曾飛洋卻不滿意,在司法局呆了不到一年,就跳槽到廣州經綸律師事務所。當時經綸律師事務所的規模在廣東首屈一指,個人發展預期相當理想。他被安排在顧問部,專門替企業客戶解決各種法律問題。其中,調解勞資糾紛是「重頭戲」,遇到這些案例,他就要代表企業與索償的工人談判。慢慢地,他歉疚的念頭在腦內揮之不去:這些靠出賣廉價勞動力為生的農民工,如今連唯一的資本——健全的肢體——都失去了,尚得不到公平對待,未來他們將如何面對困境?

於是他加入了番禺打工族服務部的前身「番禺打工族文書處理服務部」。當時曾飛洋跟國內大多數人一樣,對NGO一詞聞所未聞,只是希望為工人權益出一分力,於是為遭遇工傷、欠薪的農民工提供法律服務,並只收取微薄報酬,步履維艱地維持機構存續。直到2000年,一個偶然契機打開了他的視野,他決意將「打工族」轉型,成立了外界眼中中國第一家勞工NGO番禺打工族服務部。機構成立以來,先後為數千名外來工提供了個案法律輔助、個案代理等工作。

曾飛洋曾因其多年的公益服務,獲得南方都市報合舉辦的責任中國2012公益盛典「公益人物獎」,但其本人也在2014年12月在辦公室被不明身份者毆打,其機構曾進行過工商註冊,後被吊銷。

「工人本不應這麼無助,是社會刻意忽略了他們對法律援助的需求。」曾飛洋感到,應該有人為他們做點事情。

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Arrested NGO leader: Zeng Fei yang

Zeng is the person in charge for Panyu Workers Service Center. He graduated in 1996 from Law and Politics, South China Normal University, later entered into Justice Bureau of his home county. He however was not satisfied with his well-paid job. In not more than one year, he joined instead the Guandong Jing Lun law firm. At that time, the law firm was the top among others, and was with good prospects for career development. He was asked to give legal advice to enterprises on all sorts of legal questions. Labour disputes are one of the kinds that is the most difficult. His role was to bargain with workers on behalf of the enterprises. Gradually, he became guilty of what he was doing — Those workers that he was asked to bargain, if not confront, were farmer-workers that sells their cheap labour for a living; what were they left with when their only “capital” — their bodies — were seriously injured? With this unfair treatment, how could they possibly continue their lives?

Therefore he joined Panyu Workers Service Centers, previously called “Panyu Workers Documents Preparation Service Group”. At that time, Zeng like all other people were unfamiliar with the operation of NGO. He just wanted to contribute to labour rights! He then gives legal advice to workers who are injured and are victims of wage arrears, with very humble remunerations. Until 2000, an opportunity came up to inspire him to transform “Service Group” into a labour NGO called “Panyu Workers Service Center”. Since its establishment, it has helped thousands of migrant workers through providing one-to-one assistance and agency services, etc.

Zeng was once awarded the “Charity Award” by the Responsible China 2012 Charity Ceremony, organised by Southern Metropolis Daily, because of his enduring labour work. But he was also physically attacked on December 2014 at his office by an unidentified person and got his organization’s license suspended.

“Workers should not be left with hopelessness and helplessness. It is the society who neglects their need for legal advice.” Zeng feels that we should do something for them.