Interview with the leader of Candlelight Revolution Tae-Ho Lee: the debate on militant (“jung mou”) and violence in South Korea
The civil rights movements in South Korea has a great influence on Hong Kong. In the past two months, the protest against President Park Geun-hye in South Korea in 2016 was often mentioned by the Hong Kong protestors. The Korean farmers who protest against WTO (World Trade Organisation) in Hong Kong in 2015 had inspired the Hong Kong youngsters in Anti-Hong Kong Express Rail Link Movement in 2015, as well as the discussion on “militant”, or “jung mou” protest in recent years. In July, at the height of anti-extradition bill movement, Red Balloon interviewed Mr Tae-Ho Lee, the leader of South Korea’s Candlelight Revolution, during his visit to Hong Kong, on the experience of their protest.
Flight Attendant Union Leader Sacked for Expressing Political Views White Terror Looms Over Hong Kong Workplaces
On 21 August, Cathay Dragon dismissed the chairperson of the Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association (HKCTU Affiliate), Ms. Rebecca Sy without providing any reason. Since the beginning of the month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has already made three requests to Cathay Pacific, the entire civil aviation industry is looming with white horror. Such wave of dismissal, first started at Cathay Pacific, is now expanding to the Airport Authority and Cathay Dragon.
Five Demands, No One Less Carrie Lam: Can you hear the people’s call
Yesterday (4/9/2019), Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, has announced the withdrawal of the amendment of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance (Extradition Bill). However, after refusing to withdraw the bill for months, Hong Kong people have already paid a hefty price in the movement to scrap the bill. So, to dream that such a belated withdrawal would quell all social unrest is far-fetched.
Protecting pregnant contractual employees, demanding Law Chi Kwong to close legal loopholes
It is clearly stated in the labour legislation Hong Kong that, once a pregnant employee has given notice, dismissal of the said employee is unreasonable and unlawful. According the labour legislation, employers unreasonably and unlawfully dismissing pregnant employers may be subjected to compensation up to $150000. Legislation in Hong Kong, however, does not specifically equate contract termination with contract expiration without renewal. Given such, employees whose contract expired without renewal cannot recover their losses by filing claims in accordance to the labour legislation in Hong Kong. Whilst extending statutory maternity leave to 14 weeks, it is the responsibility of the government to simultaneously close all loopholes in the labour legislation that left contractual employees unprotected. Failing to close these loopholes will give employers full power in discontinuing the renewal of contracts of pregnant employers, in turn making women childbearing age as contractual employees vulnerable in the workplace.
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
Stories of nine care-workers from Zhanjiang exposed - Exploitation of “supplementary slaves”
Exploitations of workers at elderly care homes have created much anger last June. Nine workers from Zhanjiang, China, have been working in elderly care homes under the worst conditions such as illegal overdue salaries, working and living in the same elderly care home, and round-the-clock working hours to serve the elderly who have lost temporal perception. The nine care-workers from Zhanjiang who worked at the Wing Kwong Care Home for the Elderly have had enough years of exploitation and decided to fight back.
Janitor Strike in Hong Kong Reveals Loopholes in Government Subcontract Policy
In Hong Kong, more than two dozen subcontracted janitors from a public housing estate went on strike on December 27, 2017. After several rounds of negotiation, the employees and the employers finally broke the deadlock and brought the ten-day strike to an end, when a compensation package was put on table on January 5, 2018. Although the dispute has come to an agreeable conclusion to both parties, the incident reveals many loopholes and bad practices within the Government outsourcing policy.