Research and Publication
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.
Agents of change? Assessing Hong Kong employment agencies' compliance with the Code of Practice
After 1 year of implementation of 〈Code of Practice〉, did the employment agencies become more clean? Since Jan 2017, in the name of improving monitor mechanism to employment agencies, the labour department launched the 〈Code of Practice〉. In order to assess Hong Kong employment agencies compliance with CoP, sister of FADWU and KOBUMI formed a survey team, we interviewed 452 migrant domestic workers. Union sister have also conducted 18 secret recording at employment agencies, to investigate how much does employment agencies charge for agency fee.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Philippine and Hong Kong governments fail to stop agencies - from charging migrant domestic workers illegal fees
Filipino migrant domestic workers are charged illegal fees by unscrupulous employment agencies in both the Philippines and Hong Kong. The practice is widespread and government systems to prevent such illegal activities are not fit for purpose. As a result, many migrant domestic workers have little choice but to pay these exorbitant fees and are heavily indebted, making it difficult to leave exploitative and abusive employers.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a report and short documentary film published today by the Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers - Hong Kong (PLUDWHK) and Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU), documents the illegal activities of employment agencies in the Philippines and Hong Kong, and the failure of both governments to protect the rights of Filipino migrant domestic workers.
"Our research clearly demonstrates that significant numbers of agencies are systematically charging Filipino migrant domestic workers fees well in excess of the legal maximum. Yet despite this, very few are ever charged and prosecuted in the Philippines or Hong Kong," said Shiella Estrada, Chair of the PLUDW-HK.