E-newsletter No.5 - May Day Special: Their May Day Wishes
Hung Lung has been joining the union for 9 years. “I did not know what a union is when I saw the union member collect union fees and recruit members in the office but I just joined with them”, he said. He has been gaining a lot of experiences during his participation in the union, that he initiated a signature petition against unreasonable night shift and then he run for union committee member election after one year later. When he became the committee member of the union, he constantly faced intensive pressure from the management.
Holding Truth in Heart. Turning Pens to Swords Media Unions In Defence of Press Freedom
With their lens and pens, the media relay to their readers all major stories in the society. But recently, the Hong Kong media got their turn in the limelight with the surfacing of a series of events that challenged the industry itself: the pulling of advertisement from AM730 by the corporations of Chinese capital, HKEJ’s alleged self-censorship on the writings of its columnists, the abrupt sacking of Lee Wai-ling by the Commercial Radio, and the assault against Kevin Lau of Mingpao, for instances. Many are worried as the “invisible hand” is looming large over press freedom in Hong Kong.
E-newsletter Issue No.4 - Womens Friendly Workplace
The Steering Committee on Population Policy has recently published a consultation document on future population policy and repeatedly stressed the need to attract more women into the labour market. So, what kind of working environment encourages women to enter the workforce? Creating a "women-friendly workplace" is most important. In this issue of the Solidarity Post, we have interviewed a number of working women from various professions, analyzing the obstacles they encounter in the workplace, and piece together the ideal blueprint for a women-friendly workplace.
Sharing Prosperity and Combating Inflation 7% pay rise next year, proposed by the HKCTU
In early November 2013, the Employers' Federation of Hong Kong recommended employers to offer a pay rise of 4% in 2014. The media and some commentators focused in praising the recommendation, as for the first time, is close to the estimated inflation. Indeed, the wages increase recommendations the Employers' Federation made in the previous years, have clearly reflected that the Hong Kong employers would deliberately exclude the working class to share prosperity. Worse than that, the often below-inflation pay rises caused many to suffer from a fall of living standard.
Employers create labour shortage
The government relieved the population policy consultation paper in late October. The main issues raised in the consultation paper are the aging population and the shortage of workforce. The HKCTU is afraid that the government will import more foreign workers.
The Birth of International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF)
Domestic workers of the world unite on October 28th! We have done it, the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) was founded to organize domestic workers of the world. When the constitution was passed, 200 people in the community hall of the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, chanted and danced in joy, waving their ballots and embracing each other in solidarity. The venue echoed with the slogan "Sí, se puede!" (We did it!) and "Solidarity Forever!".
Swire-Coca Cola broke their promises; Workers staged strike for CBA
When Swire Beverages (Hong Kong) Employees General Union staged a strike on 3 October 2013, you might probably be puzzled. The conflict was not arisen all of a sudden. The employees only went on strike after suffering from longstanding and unbearable bitterness. The following is a story of their struggle.
The main duty of flight attendant is to ensure passenger safety
Dora, Inflight service manager, has been a flight attendant (FA) for 27 years. She applied for the job not because she wanted to travel around the world. She only thought this profession was nobler at that time. Dora shared that in reality, most FAs just stay in hotels and eat cup noodles to save money, rather than traveling when they are abroad.
E-newsletter Issue No.2 - Bitterness in the skies
A local TV drama “Triumph in the Skies II" has set off a stir throughout the city. Many people admire the wonderful lives of pilots and flight attendants because of the series. Is their career in real life similar to that portrayed in the series? We have interviewed a pilot and two flight attendants to understand the sweetness and bitterness of their jobs, and how their unions strive for labour rights.
Domestic worker in cage
When the Kartika’s case first broke out last month, the Hong Kong public was shocked at the maltreatment of migrant domestic workers. Meanwhile, it has provided an opportunity for the public to gain an insight to the issues confronted by many migrant domestic workers. When the verdict came out, the employers were justly sentenced for three to five years of imprisonment.