‘Battlefield’ social workers between police and protesters
At scenes of conflicts, there are usually a group of people wearing the identification badges which are not police warrant cards but the social worker identification badges. The holders of the badges have no privileges and are not spared from the beats of batons. At the time of writing, some social workers were beaten and some were arrested
Surviving is Not Living: Defending the Dignity of Workers with Living Wage
Living wage refers to the ability of a worker to provide a decent standard of living to his/her family, including proper and nutritional food, reasonable living spaces, protecting basic education needs and medical expenses. Although the minimum wage was implemented in 2011, the minimum wage rates in Hong Kong proved to be insufficient in supporting the livelihood of individuals. In response, The Oxfam published the Hong Kong Living Wage Report. Based on a full-time employee working 26 full-days per month, 8 hours per day, the report calculates the living wage of Hong Kong to $54.7
Justice is borderless! High court gives green light to foreign domestic workers rights to testify with video calls.
High court ruled that even if foreign domestic workers have left Hong Kong, under certain conditions, they should be allowed to testify at Labour Tribunal hearings with Technology Court facilities, and be represented by unions.
Workers’ Struggle Remembered on 4th June: Workers in the Tiananmen Square
29 years ago, a people’s movement for democracy have united people in Hong Kong and mainland China, while it also revealed the nature of dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Workers and citizens in Hong Kong watched, in tears and with broken hearts, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) firing at protestors in Tiananmen Square in news reports. 29 years later, Hong Kong is also facing repression by the dictatorship of the CCP.
Seven pneumatic drill workers detained in Shenzhen: missing compensation for occupational disease
Pneumatic drill workers (hereafter: PD workers) from Leiyang City of Hunan Province have been demanding compensation for their occupational disease from Shenzhen Government since 2009. This May, they came again to Shenzhen to reiterate their claim, but were met with police brutality.
China’s widening income inequality sparks further labour actions
The labour movement in China has appeared to go quiet after the crackdown on labour organizations, organizers, and leaders in Guangdong Province since December 2015. Yet, this silence does not signify a stop of labour struggle. It has just taken another form to meet the transformation of China's economy.
An over-entertained labour day: can gala shows and awards safeguard workers’ dignity?
As a tradition, parades take place in different cities on International Labour Day, to represent the solidarity between the working class and to inform the government and public about the problems workers still face. The parades aim to celebrate the contribution of workers, earn them respect and recognition from the public, who are mostly workers too.
Local unions fighting against traps and exploitations of the imported workers in Hong Kong
“The Imported labour in Hong Kong are working in a lawless world”, Brother Fai concluded his observations and experiences from workplace organizing in community care and nursing home sector which also apply to other sectors in Hong Kong.