Hong Kong Falls Back In The Global Rights Index Ranks As The Worst

In 2015,Hong Kong is ranked as the second most competitive economy in the world, rose from fourth to fell just behind the U.S. However, according to the International Trade Union Confederation's (ITUC) Global Rights Index published on June 10th, Hong Kong's Labour Protection Rating is one of the worst in the world.  The ITUC Global Rights Index rates countries from 1 to 5+ according to 97 indicators, with an overall score placing countries in one to five rankings.  Hong Kong drops down in the pecking in this year's Rights Index to the 5 ranking which represents “No guarantee of rights”, along with some other 26 countries, such as China, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran.  While the Hong Kong government and Financial Secretary John Tsang credited Hong Kong's Economic Competitiveness to her prominent administrative and business efficiency, and welcome the Global  Economic Competitiveness Ranking; we wonder how the government would respond to the decline in the Rights Index?

The General Secretary of the HKCTU, Mr. Lee Cheuk-Yan, pointed out Hong Kong workers have long been deprived of the rights to collective bargaining and to join trade union without discrimination.  Moreover, labour rights failed to progress and fulfilled during the political reform.  The ITUC report specifically takes note of the arrest of HKCTU members during the “Umbrella Movement” as a suppression of democratic unionism.  The HKCTU strongly urged the government to pass legislation on collective bargaining and overturn policies that favour consortium.

NO GUARANTEE OF RIGHTS

Hong Kong is ranked in the 5 ranking which represents “No guarantee of rights”. In these countries at 5 ranking, although laws are in placed to protect labour rights, they are largely disregarded and workers are often suppressed by authoritarian regimes.  As for countries such as Iraq, Libya, and Somalia etc., their legal systems are deemed as malfunctioned and destroyed, therefore are ranked in the 5+ ranking, which is the worst among the five-tier ranking system.

The HKCTU believes the non-existence of collective bargaining—workers voices are often suppressed whenever dispute arises between employees and employers—can be credited to such “No guarantee of rights”.  On the other hand, workers are deprived of their rights to establish and join trade unions.  Despite the relative low threshold in relevant legislation, employers are able to employ all kinds of means to threaten or deter workers from organizing themselves.  Thus, there isn't much to cheer for as the prosperity of our city is built upon the exploitation of labour rights.  This is a real shame for a government that often boast to establish Hong Kong as a world class city.

Sources

ITUC Global Rights Index names world’s ten worst countries for workers

http://www.ituc-csi.org/ituc-global-rights-index-names?lang=en

Hong Kong is ranked world's 2nd most competitive economy

http://www.ituc-csi.org/ituc-global-rights-index-names?lang=en Hong Kong is ranked world's 2nd most competitive economy http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201505/28/P201505280166.htm">http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201505/28/P201505280166.htm

 

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