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Who We Are

A non-governmental organization founded in Hong Kong in 1994, China Labour Bulletin has grown from a small monitoring and research group into a proactive outreach organization that seeks to defend and promote the rights of workers in China. We have extensive links and wide-ranging co-operative programs with labour groups, law firms and academics throughout China, as well as with the international labour movement.

Through these programs, we support the development of democratically-run trade unions, encourage respect for and enforcement of the country’s labour laws, as well as the full participation of workers in the creation of civil society. We seek the official recognition in China of international standards and conventions providing for workers’ freedom of association and the right to free collective bargaining.

CLB employs around 15 full-time staff in our Hong Kong office working primarily on our collective bargaining and labour rights litigation programs and media advocacy, as well as finance and administration.

CLB founder and director Han Dongfang (韩东方) has been an advocate for workers’ rights in China for more than two decades. He first came to international prominence when, as a railway worker in Beijing, he helped set up China’s first independent trade union, the Beijing Autonomous Workers’ Federation (BAWF), during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He was expelled to Hong Kong in 1993; where the following year he set up CLB.

Deputy Director Robin Munro is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading experts on human rights in China. He has published numerous books and articles including Dangerous Minds, a ground-breaking study of political psychiatry in China.

Cai Chongguo (蔡崇国) is CLB's deputy director responsible for our collective bargaining and labour rights litigation program work. He worked in Europe for many years as CLB’s international liaison officer working closely with trade union and labour groups across the world.

CLB’s communications team is headed by writer and journalist Geoffrey Crothall, who served as Beijing correspondent for the South China Morning Post in the 1990s. Joey Qi runs our Chinese language website and social media platforms and Liu Jiayi acts as labour news analyst and advocate.

CLB’s work is funded by grants from a wide-range of foundations, public and private organizations and trade unions. Development Director William Nee and Valerie Nichols ensure the seamless interaction between funding and our work on the ground. Finance Director Estella Chun, financial officer Samson Ng, and administrative officer Tiffany Chong ensure the money gets to the people who need it.