【学者评论劳工NGO被打压事件】Dr. Tim Pringle:真正创造财富的却是工人!

学者评论劳工NGO被打压事件
《Dr. Tim Pringle, 高级讲师, 伦敦大学亚非学院》

当公民社会组织以服务提供者的角色出现时,雇主和政府都喜欢它们。因为这些公民社会组织可以减轻政府和资本家的财政压力以至它们在福利上的责任。而且这些社会组织倾向将理应属于权利的服务商品化起来。

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但当公民社会组织和其成员以抗争者,又或以与工人和平民同行的组织者姿态出现来争取权益时,当权者的反应就会完全不一样。最近在广东省对劳工非政府组织(NGOs)积极分子的打压和拘禁就是例子。

那些被打压的人就是不满足于纯粹担当服务提供者的角色。他们每天与追讨欠薪、追讨欠交社会保险供款、追讨工伤赔偿或者是争取加薪的工人接触时,这些劳工非政府组织的积极分子强调集体的作用。他们藉共同权益将更多人团结在一起。他们不认同个人化和零散的策略,因为这策略只会帮助雇主分化工人。他们提倡的是团结和集体谈判、集体协商的问责性。而且他们做得很好!

拘留和恐吓劳工非政府组织的人士和他们的支持者不会带来一个有效为中国工人伸张权益的劳资关系框架。赶绝这些人只合乎雇主及政府内某些想建立资本友善的环境的人的利益。他们想要的是一个容许资本持绩累积而且不受工人集体代表约制的空间;但真正创造财富的却是工人!

我们一定要并肩争取这些被不公平拘禁的劳工非政府组织人员和他们的支持者重获自由。

 

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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