【學者評論勞工NGO被打壓事件】Dr. Tim Pringle:真正創造財富的卻是工人!

學者評論勞工NGO被打壓事件
《Dr. Tim Pringle, 高級講師, 倫敦大學亞非學院》

當公民社會組織以服務提供者的角色出現時,僱主和政府都喜歡它們。因為這些公民社會組織可以減輕政府和資本家的財政壓力以至它們在福利上的責任。而且這些社會組織傾向將理應屬於權利的服務商品化起來。

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但當公民社會組織和其成員以抗爭者,又或以與工人和平民同行的組織者姿態出現來爭取權益時,當權者的反應就會完全不一樣。最近在廣東省對勞工非政府組織(NGOs)積極分子的打壓和拘禁就是例子。

那些被打壓的人就是不滿足於純粹擔當服務提供者的角色。他們每天與追討欠薪、追討欠交社會保險供款、追討工傷賠償或者是爭取加薪的工人接觸時,這些勞工非政府組織的積極分子強調集體的作用。他們藉共同權益將更多人團結在一起。他們不認同個人化和零散的策略,因為這策略只會幫助僱主分化工人。他們提倡的是團結和集體談判、集體協商的問責性。而且他們做得很好!

拘留和恐嚇勞工非政府組織的人士和他們的支持者不會帶來一個有效為中國工人伸張權益的勞資關係框架。趕絕這些人只合乎僱主及政府內某些想建立資本友善的環境的人的利益。他們想要的是一個容許資本持績累積而且不受工人集體代表約制的空間;但真正創造財富的卻是工人!

我們一定要並肩爭取這些被不公平拘禁的勞工非政府組織人員和他們的支持者重獲自由。

 

Scholars’ comment on the suppression of labor NGOs in China
《Dr. Tim Pringle, Senior Lecturer, SOAS, University of London》

Employers and governments are usually quite happy for civil society organisations to act as service providers. It eases budgetary pressures on state and capital welfare responsibilities and tends to commodify services that should really be provided as rights.

But when civil society organisations and individuals act as activists and organisers working with ordinary people in pursuit of such rights, the reaction of those in power can be very different. The recent repression and detentions of Labour NGO activists in Guangdong province is an example.

Those targeted in the repression are not content to act simply as service providers. In their daily contact with workers chasing unpaid wages, unpaid social insurance premiums, compensation for injury or a decent wage rise, the LNGO activists deploy a collective approach focused on bringing people together based on common interests. They reject the individualised fragmentary strategies that employers use to divide and weaken us. Instead, the now detained labour activists promote the solidarity and accountability of collective bargaining and negotiation. And they are good at it!

The detention and intimidation of LNGOs and their supporters is no way to develop an effective labour relations framework capable of upholding the right and interests of China’s workers. Removing these people serves the interests of employers and those in the government only concerned, for whatever reason, in creating a capital-friendly environment: a space in which the business of accumulation can continue unfettered by collective representation of the very people who create wealth – workers.

We must work together to secure the release of all LNGO staff and supporters unjustly detained.

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