I received the following message which I am passing on; it deals primarily with the labor rights movement in Taiwan specifically in terms of mainland China.
One might, however, broaden the issue as well to consider the issue of Taiwanese companies operating (sometimes with impunity) in the PRC and the alleged abuse of many foreign workers on these shores. We have been discussing mainly the difficulty “Westerners” (i.e. those from mainly industrialized countries) have in procuring ARCs, work rights, etc., but perhaps we should also discuss whether there is (or should be) a role for migrant workers from less developed countries in our discussion (I am not saying there should be a role in what is, after all, a list designed to promote mainly English-speaking, educated foreign residents’ rights and needs), only that, given the degree to which Taiwanese labor practices (whether on the mailand or here, in cram schools or in factories) are indicative of the environment we live in, it would stand to reason that broadening the discussion would be beneficial to our own needs as well (apologies if these issues have been addressed earlier).
I have recently been corresponding with a nonprofit group in Hong Kong which monitors labor rights in Hong Kong and on the mainland. My particular interest is worker’s rights in American-owned companies and joint partnerships in the P.R.C. esp. footwear and garment businesses like Tommy Hilfiger. More to the point, do any of your contacts in Taiwan have contacts in the Taiwan labor movement? It seems like they would be a good source for info on human rights in general – and labor rights in particular – on the mainland. Any leads you can provide, however circuitous or indirect, will be much appreciated!