Little Bird Comprehensive Report --- May 2011
From May 1 – May 31, 2011, Beijing Little Bird received 312 hotline calls; among these, 245 involved legal advices for migrant workers, 4 involved dispute resolutions, while other issues (including employers, volunteers, and social concerns) comprised the remaining 63 calls. There were 34 long-distance calls, or about 11% of total calls. On average, the office answered 10 calls a day. 83% of callers were male, while the remaining 17% were female. Since the office’s founding, it has already answered 126,766 calls.
In May 2011, Shenzhen Little Bird received 184 calls, with 91 calls relating to rights protection and legal advice, 13 relating to job seeking, and remaining 80 relating to volunteers and social concerns. On average, the office answered 6 calls a day. From April 6, 2004 to May 31, 2011, the Shenzhen office answered 20,598 calls, with 15,781 involving rights protection and legal advice (77% of total calls), 420 calls involving job hunting (2% of total calls) and the remaining 4,397 relating to volunteers and others (21% of total calls).
During the month of May, Shenyang Little Bird received 168 calls, of which 24 involved rights protection and legal aid, 7 involved job hunting while the remaining 137 involved employers, volunteers, and social concerns. From October 2006 to May 2011, Shenyang’s office answered a total of 6040 calls, of which 1947 involved unpaid salary reclaim and legal advice (32.36% of total calls), 820 involved job hunting (13.57% of total calls) and the remaining 3273 involved volunteers and other businesses.
From May 1 – 31, 2011, the Beijing, Shenzhen, and Shenyang offices answered 664 calls in total, with 360 involving legal aid, 24 involving job hunting and the remaining 280 relating to seeking work, volunteers and social concerns. Since 1999, the three offices have answered a total of 153,404 calls.
This month, the Beijing office received a total of 146 visitors; 57 visitors sought rights protection, 46 related to volunteers, 2 dealt with job hunting and other social visiting comprised the businesses of the remaining 41 visitors. On average, the office saw 5 visitors a day. Since 2006, the Beijing office has received a total of 15,302 visitors.
In the month of May, the Shenzhen office received 53 visitors, of which 31 dealt with dispute resolution, 4 dealt with job hunting, 10 related to volunteers and the remaining 8 dealt with other businesses. From April 2006 to May 2011, the Shenzhen office has received 6,294 visitors, of which 4,339 sought rights protection and aid, 316 concerned job-hunting, and the remaining 1,639 related to volunteers and other visitors.
This month, the Shenyang office received 41 visitors, with 33 volunteers and the remaining 8 of other visitors. Since October 2006, the Shenyang branch has received 1859 visitors, of which 200 sought legal aids and assistance, and 1461 were volunteers and other social visitors.
The three offices of Little Bird received a total of 240 visitors this month, of which 88 sought rights protection, 89 volunteer work, 6 sought dispute resolution and 57 dealt with other businesses. Since 2006, the offices have received 23,455 visitors in total.
Rights Protection Summary
The Beijing office dealt with 21 rights protection cases during the month of May. 11 cases involved mediation, including one on-the-scene case, 6 legal aid cases, and 3 cases involving the assistance of volunteer lawyers. In total, the cases involved 77 migrant workers, and a total of 39,050 Yuan in unpaid salary was reclaimed. Since the establishment of the Little Bird Mediation Committee on August 24, 2004, the office has already put in 2,488 days of service and solved 2,591 cases, including 1,820 salary compensation cases and 766 legal aid cases. In total, these cases have involved 25,908 people, and since the committee’s founding, a total of 87,920,723.45 Yuan in unpaid salary has been reclaimed.
During the month of May, the Shenzhen office received a total of 7 rights protection cases involving 339,000 Yuan and 144 people. The office resolved 6 cases during the month, reclaiming a total of 392,000 Yuan. As of May 31, 2011, 9 cases are remained unresolved, including an application for legal aid. Since April 2006, the Shenzhen branch has received a total of 4,339 visitors for legal advice and rights protection cases. In helping workers claim their salary, overtime wages and work-related injury compensation, the office has reclaimed a total of 27, 096,364.18 Yuan.
During the month of May, the Shenyang office received 3 cases all relating to legal assistance and involving a total of 102 people and 980,000 Yuan, or an average of 9,607.84 Yuan per person. In total, the office helped to reclaim 125,000 Yuan of unpaid salary. From October 12, 2006 to May 31, 2011, this office has received a total of 293 cases, including 229 legal assistance cases, and involving 1140 people and 7,211,160 Yuan, or an average of 6,325.58 per person. In total, the office has reclaimed 2,931,650 Yuan of unpaid salary.
In May 2011, the three offices of Little Bird received 31 cases involving 179 people, and reclaimed a total of 556,050 Yuan of unpaid salary. Since 2004, Little Bird has helped reclaim 117,948,737.63 Yuan of unpaid salary.
The Beijing office introduced 24 new volunteers in the month of May, of which the majorities were individuals with legal background and students of higher learning. Since the organization’s founding, a total of 4,942 volunteers have joined the Beijing office.
In May, the Shenzhen branch introduced 21 new volunteers, all of whom were workers. Since April 2006, the Shenzhen branch has recruited 1,142 volunteers, including 241 volunteer lawyers.
In May, Shenyang recruited 17 volunteers, including 13 students, 1 worker fellow and 3 others. Since October 2006, the Shenyang office has recruited 564 volunteers, of whom 50 are volunteer lawyers.
In May of this year, the three offices recruited a total of 62 volunteers. Since the founding of the organization, we have recruited a total of 6,648 volunteers.
In May, the Beijing office wrote a total of 24,432 characters with the help of 5 contributors. This included 2 pages of supplementary journal entries regarding fieldwork.
In May, the Shenzhen office wrote a total of 28,392 characters with the help of 6 contributors, and including 6 pages of supplementary journal entries.
In May, the Shenyang office wrote a total of 24,107 characters with the help of 5 contributors.
The “Training Migrant Workers to Sign Contracts” project, financed by the German Embassy, was carried out for a second time on May 27.
The “Rights Protection Volunteer Lawyers Training” project, funded by the German Rosa-Luxembourg Foundation, was launched on May 28.
The “Children’s Kung Fu Training” project, financed by Right to Play,
The “Capacity Building Training” project, financed by the International Republican Institute of America was held from May 18-20. Representatives from Xi’an, Zhejiang, Shenyang and Beijing attended.
The “Occupational Safety Education Training” activity continued to be held. This month, that group activity was conducted 5 times, mainly in Baoan District and Longgang District. Workers and distribution centers were given copies of the “Occupational Health and Safety Handbook,” the “Urban Integration Handbook for Migrant Women” and protective materials, including surgical masks and protective gloves. All of these were provided to workers in all industries in the neighboring districts for their use.
Shenyang Little Bird continued to collaborate with the local radio station that provided Little Bird with assistance in rights protection cases. Migrant workers were provided aid in a most direct and effective manner through calling hotline during the radio program. At the same time, the organization’s employees continued to distribute copies of the “Workers’ Urban Integration Handbook” and “mutual help cards” at work sites, workers’ places of residence and the labor markets, as well as launching relating law-popularization training, all of which are very popular among the workers.