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Local unions fighting against traps and exploitations of the imported workers in Hong Kong

An interview with Cheng Ching Fai, Community Care and Nursing Home Workers General Union

“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.

“There is no mechanism to ensure labour protections for imported workers in Hong Kong. According to my experiences in helping the imported workers in elderly homes or nursing home in Hong Kong. Their wages are delayed and even unpaid. They work overtime unreasonably without any compensation. Many of them work 18-20 hours per day”, said by brother Cheng from CNWGU. That’s why the local employers tried to create difficulties of hiring staff locally in order to import workers from mainland China.

The Community Care and Nursing Home Workers General Union (hereafter: CNWGU) arranged for exco members to do undercover job applicants for investigating the recruitment process of various nursing homes. They found that the actual requirements of those nursing home were different from job advertisement. For example, the applicants were asked to accept 12 working hours per day instead of 9 hours per day which was written in the job advertisement. This was one of the tricks that how the local employers discouraged local applicants to apply the posts so that they could hire imported workers to take up these harsh positions.

 

According to brother Cheng, the workings conditions of local workers are not monitored as well, so no matter local or migrants have to defend their own labour rights actively. However, the imported workers do not have fair access to the information of labour rights protection in Hong Kong due to the irresponsibility of the government.

Information sessions by Labour Department for imported workers are nearly existed in name only. “The imported workers are supposed to attend this information session before signing employment contracts. However, the Labour Department makes it optional to the imported labour and even accept employers’ representatives to attend the sessions for their employees” Brother Cheng criticized this loose arrangement not only fail to respect the right to information of labour rights but also adversely affect the them to join or to form unions.

Brother Cheng said CNWGU have been always concerned the exploitations of imported workers in Hong Kong. He himself follows many complaint cases from individual members and provided these information to HKCTU for submission formal complaints to ILO concerning the failures of HK government in protection labour rights of migrants and imported labour. “We are worried that the HK government continues to tolerate these exploitations of migrant workers and to expand the unprotected importation of labour to more sectors including public owned services.” Brother Cheng stressed that both local and migrants should join hand in hand to fight against the unjust employment system and to ask for stronger law enforcement.

 

HKCTU E newsletter NO.9: The Unionists for Change

11

Nov 2015

The Unionists for Change

In its history of a quarter century, the HKCTU’s most impressive image to the public might be its banners and slogans.  But behind the scenes, it was the each and every one of the unionists who wrote the history of 25-year independent labor movement in Hong Kong with their live stories. 

To commemorate its 25th Anniversary, the HKCTU organized the Ever-fighting Unionist Award in honor of the outstanding unionists who brought changes to lives to the workers and the labor movement.  The independent panel selected 5 Ever-fighting Unionists from 13 candidates.  The panel was comprised of Professor Christine Fang, Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong; Ms. Mak Ying –Ting senior journalist; Mr. Choy Chi-Keung Ivan, senior lecturer of Department of Government and Public Administration, and Mr. Lee Cheuk-Yan, General Secretary of HKCTU.  

The latest HKCTU News covered abstracts of interviews with the 5 awardees (full interview reports are available on HKCTU Facebook Page).  Their stories shared common themes: selflessness, perseverance and camaraderie.   Let’s enjoy the light shed and warmth brought by their stories. 

A reader by the dock  Chan Yan Wo

Chan is called by his friend as “White-head” for his signatory white hair.  In shirt, shorts and canvas shoes and carrying a cloth bag, White-head Chan looks like a literary youth.  The young White-Head Chan had been a primary school teacher for 3 years, before he become a worker at the dock and then a union leader. 

Becoming a docker

Chan was born in a family of workers, and the Red Little Book of Mao Zhe-Dong used to be his daily read.  Upon his graduation, Chan joined the Pu Kiu College with passion and ideals.  After a few years as a teacher, Chan resigned from the position and started his career is internal design.  When he set up his contracting company in home renovation business in the 1980s, Chan’s business flew with the economy.  In the 1990s, Chan’s business started to plunge with the transition of economy.  In 1994, Chan changed his career again and become a checker at the dock due to family reasons. 

After working at the dock for 1 year, Chan was caught in a labor dispute.  That was the first time I heard of HKCTU. said Chan.  Dockers faced worse treatment after the incident with cut in head-count and salary due to downturn of economy.  In 2005, dockers launched a campaign to dun the sub-contractors for salary for holiday.  Chan took up the banner when the person supposed to hold the banner did not show up, and that started his path to union movement.  When the financial storm overwhelmed the world in 2008, dockers salary was lower than 1996.  Chan realized that a stronger leadership is needed in the union.  He started to connect the workers and built the union core members gradually.

Camaraderie in union movement

In March 2013, the longest labor dispute in Hong Kong since 1970s broke out at the dock.  The veteran Chan talked about the heartless employers and furious workers with calmness.  But tears ran down from his face when he recalled memories of a brother in arms for many years.  This fellow worker was diagnosed with cancer before the strike was launched, and he actively participated in union activities despite his health condition for the welfare of the workers.  He passed away before the strike was launched.  Chan’s favorite story from his readings was a Buddhist story:  Long time ago, a fire broke out in the forest.  The parrot tried to put out the fire by wetting its feather and sprinkled the water on the fire, knowing that this would be of minimal use.  The parrot’s perseverance moved the gods and a heavy rain saved the forest.  “I am not waiting for a savior.  I would rather be the parrot, do as much as I can and influence others,” said Chan.  Over the years, the Union of Hong Kong Dockers has grown from around 30 members to nearly 500 members.  This is something that the White-Head Chan has been working for.

A Pair of Working Hands - Bo Lai-Wan

 

 

It would probably be the domestic workers to save you from the nightmare of a dusty home.  Bo, the vice-president of Hong Kong Domestic Workers General Union, got a pair of magical hands that saved many families from nightmares.  But it was not without price for Bo.  She could not pass the e-Channel at the immigration because her finger-prints are so blurred, long-term intensive labor work has caused permanent joint pain and muscle strain.  Despite all the sores, Bo thanks the job for connecting her with the union, and making her from a “chicken” to a female union leader at the front.

Holding Banner with Shaking Hands

Bo became a live-in domestic helper since 17, and became a domestic worker at 27, a few years after getting married and having her first child.  Being a domestic worker is a lonely job and you are on your own when facing labor dispute or household accidents.  When the HKCTU set up the Hong Kong Domestic Workers General Union in 2001, it was the first time for Bo to witness the power of union.  A group of women workers, led by the union executive, went to negotiation with the agency because two domestic workers were coerced into signing a self-employment contract and lost their insurance and fringe benefits.  “I had little idea of what we were doing.  I was literally shaking when I was holding the banner,” said Bo.  The action eventually ended with the agency signing employment contracts with the two women workers again.  Bo, the young woman worker who has joined labor movement for only one week, thought to herself, “I do have power!”  

In 2005, a union member hurt her lower back at work but the employer did not accept the responsibility.  The member was so worried that the medical expenses would be a huge burden to the family that she killed herself by jumping off from a building.  Bo said they have proposed the government to set up a centralized work injury compensation fund with major contribution from the government.  But the proposal was suspended with no timeline.

Family is No Longer Anti-politics

Being a union leader, Bo sometimes might have neglected the family.  But in 2003, Bo’s husband who used to dislike politics joined the Anti-Clause 23 march.  “He used to say I was a trouble-maker.  I felt so touched seeing him joining the march,” said Bo.  Bo’s children were less supportive to social movement compared to her husband. It was not until the Umbrella Movement last year that her son gave a hand when Bo was distributing Chinese dessert with other union members.  When she had to leave in the mid of a family holiday trip to support the movement, her son-in-law said, “You have your destiny.” 

Bo said she probably would still be an ordinary housewife who keeps mouth shut on injustice. 

Defying Fate for 20 Years—Cheung Lai-ha

 

Often working until midnight, Cheung Lai-ha, the general secretary of the Retail, Commercial, and Clothing Industries General Union (RCCIGU), is always the last to leave office.  Lai-ha joined the union 20 years ago and often bemoans her lack of education, “most women, who are fifty years of age like I am, had to start work and helped out the family when they were little.  I am one of the exception to work as a full time unionist.”

Started Sewing at the Age of 14

Lai-ha has four sisters and brothers, “when my siblings had gone to bed, I would help out my mother at night.” during the sixties, many factories outsourced their garment productions.  Thus, a lot of women chose to work at home so that they can take care of their families, “my mother sewed, while I trimmed and sewed, and......napped.” Cheung's mother passed away when she was in elementary school.  So she had borrowed an ID card from a senior to work in a garment factory and worked for 20 years since then.  She started with menial duties in the factory as a child apprentice (child labour who were still in their formative stage and not familiar with the production.  The factory only provided meals in place of wages), “but I don't like these kind of work, I really craved for sewing” she would later proclaimed.  So Lai-ha started to learn tailoring when she was 14 and started to make clothes for her younger sister.  “I love to make shirts and blouses and I could make clothes for my 12 years old sister when I was 14 years old.” She said with pride.

Went to Court Five Days a Week

From the early nineties, industrial migration began and factories closures became frequent.  “Non payment of severance pay and wages were very common.”  Cheung was elected as the president of the RCCIGU in 1991 and would eventually become a full time union organizer the next year.  During its height, Lai-ha would have to go to the court five days a week and handle two grievances per day.  “All the secretaries and judges in the court knew me.”  She remembered accompanying a group of workers to protest in front of their boss's home by coach, “some female workers had lived and worked in the same neighborhood their whole lives.  For many of them, that protest was the first time they left their neighborhood.”

As the garment industry has now almost disappeared nowadays, “maybe it is time for the garment industry to accept their fate,” but not Cheung Lai-ha.  In recent years, she even start organizing the insurance industry.  However, people are less willing to join the union due to individualism.  “I am tired!” she bluntly stressed, “I am ready to retire one day.”  But before that day comes, she will continue to make more people understand, “solidarity can make a change!”

Driving the Route to Struggle——Chung Chung-fai

Days in, days out, people rushes on and off buses without knowing their bus drivers; but Chung Chung-fai is a familiar name within the labour movement circle, “Everybody in First Bus knows Brother Fai.”  The president of New World First Bus Company Staff Union (NWFBCSU), Chung Chung-fai lives up to his reputation by defending the rights of his colleagues undeterred for 17 years.

Awaken by the gunfire in Tiananmen

On the day of the interview, Brother Fai just finished his shift from 0600 to 1500 on route 116, “the shift is good, it is favourable to union duties,” he claimed.  And it all started from 36 years ago, when Hong Kong was still looming over the shadow of a recession, “It was not easy to find a job and I just got my driver's license, so I gave it a go in the bus company, and this is where I am now.”  But the comforts in stability was eventually disturbed by the gunfire of the Tiananmen Square and spontaneous strike for pension reformation initiated by the CMB employees in 1989, the incompetency of the FTU and TUC drove Brother Fai to make a stand and fight.

The “Pipe President” Took a Risk

In 1998, when First Bus took over CMB's franchise, Chung Chung-fai also set up the NWFBCSU.   Battles after battles, the union's firm stance in defending workers' rights saw the membership rose from less than 100 to more than 1,200 nowadays.  “Eight industrial actions in five years, it was really wild.”  The media named him the “Pipe President”, because he likes smoking his pipe while coming up with strategies for the union.  In 2003, the company planned to replace the year-end double pay with discretionary bonus after SARS.  The union decided to fight against it.  On Brother Fai's insistence, the union won the battle.  “I thought we had to take the risk and intimidate the management.”  The company gave in and eventually reached an agreement with the leftist union on restoring the year-end double pay even before the industrial action started.

As working conditions continue to improve, the union planned for succession as early as 2006 and there will be post-90s members taking over as board member next year.  Meanwhile, Brother Fai still spends a lot of time talking about politics with his colleagues during his monthly visits to different terminals, “I would tell them there are much more in life than making a living.”  In daily life, Brother Fai comes across with all sorts of people as a bus driver. “There are people who wouldn't pay for full fares while there are some who would feel ashamed for paying 10 cents short.”  Meanwhile, he is also grateful for the support he received from his family, “I consider my wife supporting my position when she does not say no.”  Asked if the veteran will fade out from labour movement when he retires in two to three years, Brother Fai replied flat out, “of course not, my brothers will kill me.”

 

 

Fearless of Storm——Wong Wai Man

 

The reminiscences of the dockers strike of 2013 may still be on the horizon, but as early as 2007, there was another strike that was parallel in terms of magnitude and lengththe 36-days barbender strike.  The incumbent president of the Bar Bending Solidarity Union, Wong Wai Man (Ah Man), was an activist during the barbender strike.

Proud to Fight for a Life-Saver

Ah Man has started become a barbender 30 years ago.  In 1997, a barbender's salary was $1200 per day.  However, their wages started to slump from 2000 until it had gone down to as low as $700 to $800 per day.  When the wages could go down no more, employers began to extent working hours by half an hour to one hour per day.  Strike was inevitably broke out in the August of 2007.  Ah Man could still recall during the first rally when typhoon no. 8 was hoisted, he volunteer to be a marshal and dealt with the police, I was the only Marshal on site he said tongue-in-cheek.  After the rally, Ah Man was elected as one of the workers representative and they were able to fight for a pay rise to $860 per day and an 8-hour working day was restored.  Subsequently, the independent Bar Bending Solidarity Union was established, and they are now able to negotiate with the employers on wages annually. 

After years of experience in negotiating with the employer, Ah Man finds it most rewarding in fighting for the introduction of a 15-minutes morning break time.  Since it was difficult to perform manual labour under hot weather,  there were cases where workers suffered from fatal heat stroke.  This 15-minutes morning break time may seem trivial, but for many workers, this can be a life-saver.

 

Passionate with His Wife

In appearance, Ah Man is perhaps a very tough guy, but he can be very sensitive in front of his wife.  When Ah Man was divorced in 2000, he was caught in a low due to a broken marriage and economic difficulties.  But he was fortunate to have met his second wife from community work.  Under the encouragement of his wife, Ah Man was able to regain his confidence.  He said his wife is really passionate about social affairs, and they both held the same beliefs.  During the Umbrella Movement, they were both actively involved in logistic duties in the occupied zone and Ah Man was among one of the arrestees in Admiralty.

Ah Man was educated in school run by church when he was young, so he was deeply affected by the Christian value of “equality”.  “If I am the only person being exploited, it is not a big deal at all because I am a very easy going person.  But if a large group of people being exploited, I will definitely stand up for it.”  Does it worth it?  Ah Man just smiled and reiterate his motto, “it is more blessed to give than to receive”.

HKCTU E newsletter NO.8

26

Jul 2015

HKCTU E newsletter NO.8

MUSIC THAT SINGS THE VOICE OF THE WORKERS:  INTERVIEW WITH UNION ORGANIZER STANLEY HO

“I hope that this is a sequel of the Umbrella Movement.  Because the pursuit of democracy is a form of social concern, and the voice of the workers also needs social concern.  As the occupation movement has drawn to a close, I turned to music to draw social concern for workers rights”

 

“You can't change the world overnight, but music is long-lasting, it has the power to accumulate strength”

Adrian Chow hopes that music can gather strength for workers

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HKCTU 25th Anniversary Review: Marching to the Light
 

As we are entering into the 25th anniversary of the HKCTU, Hong Kong is also arriving at a crossroad of unknown.  While moving forward in darkness, it is important that look into our previous experiences in Labour Movement to shed light on a brighter future.

 

In the next four editions of the HKCTU Solidarity Post, we will take a look at how sisters and brothers of the HKCTU put forward the four motto of the HKCTU “Solidarity, Rice Bowl, Democracy, and Juctice” in 25 years of independent unionism.

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Say No to Exploitation: Defending Collective Agreement in Cathay's Labour Dispute
 

The Flight Attendant Union (FAU) demonstrated what is meant by “Solidarity is Strength”.  To protest against benefits cuts, the FAU launched industrial actions from May 19th.  Through gradual escalation of actions, the company was prompted to negotiation with the union on May 29th.  The president of FAU, Ms. Dora Lai, shared her views on the strategies and effects of the actions.


 
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HKCTU E-Newsletter No.7 HKCTU in support of Umbrella Movement

02

Jan 2015

 

Companions under a stormy sky

Workers holding up umbrellas for democracy and livelihood


The strike led by college students, fighting for the democratic universal suffrage which Hong Kong people well deserve, was attacked by police with tear gas on 28 September 2014. Most of people woke up the next morning to find that Hong Kong was transformed. We were disconcerted by the rampant tyranny, yet be inspired by the courage of our fellow Hongkongers, as a line from Dickens, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times” could possibly describe it.

To build a fair and just society, one's rights to participate politically, to improve people's livelihood in a democratic manner, regardless her / his background or class, is always crucial. The HKCTU newsletter has interviewed three workers with different backgrounds, to see if their stories in the Umbrella Movement might echo yours.

[Read all interviews in our website]

Accustomed to struggles, occupation as to safeguard livelihood

Interview with Ka-ho, an occupant from the real estate sector

Ka-ho, a strong guy working in a property agency, has been carrying a big backpack since Occupy Central kicked off. After work, he would go to occupied zones in Admiralty or Mongkok, where he stays till late or sometimes overnights. Inside his backpack, you can find a helmet, gloves, goggles, a mat, some war-game and hiking equipment he used years before. Since the last month, he has been carrying them to work everyday.
Ka-ho takes care of rental issues in a property agency. After graduating from a university, he joined a property agency, hoping to learn how the property market works. He was first working in the area of property management and later joins the rental department. “My main task is to rent out the properties of the company, by coming up with prices agreed by the clients.”
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Moral responsibility  in troubled times

“Strike to support students”, Chow Kim-ho 

 

The strike led by college students, fighting for the democratic universal suffrage which Hong Kong people well deserve, was attacked by police with tear gas on 28 September 2014. Most of people woke up the next morning to find that Hong Kong was transformed. We were disconcerted by the rampant tyranny, yet be inspired by the courage of our fellow Hongkongers, as a line from Dickens, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times” could possibly describe it.

To build a fair and just society, one's rights to participate politically, to improve people's livelihood in a democratic manner, regardless her / his background or class, is always crucial. The HKCTU newsletter has interviewed three workers with different backgrounds, to see if their stories in the Umbrella Movement might echo yours.
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HKCTU in support of 

Umbrella Movement


Led by the Hong Kong Federation of Students, Scholarism and Occupy Central with Peace and Love, the Umbrella Movement is also well supported by activists of the social movement and labour movement, each plays her/his role devotedly. The HKCTU has been facilitating the Movement attentively and some of its works have not been made public. The following paragraphs document the participation of HKCTU's committee members and its staff members, to ensure their efforts would not be forgotten. 
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People under the “stage”
Under the footbridge to Admiralty Centre in the Occupied Zone of Admiralty, a small stage was set up and named as the “grand stage”. The role of grand stage is to release news and host sharing sessions every night. W.S, an officer of the HKCTU is one of the volunteers running the grand stage. The volunteers plan the daily thematic sharing and contact the relevant speakers to come to the sharing.
She remembers her work on 8th and 9th November the most. There were times when some others were trying to crack down the grand stage. On one hand, they questioned the grand stage's legitimacy, while on the other hand, they attempted to occupy the grand stage for their own speeches. Such an illogical attempt was seen as a mean to destruct the movement. The grand stage indeed reserves time for free discussions and volunteers like W.S. have been working as a bridge between the people and the conductor on the stage.

[Read all interviews in our website]
Pickets to block the movement breakers
Wah-hei, a committee member of the Personal And Community Services Workers General Union serves as a picket, to keep order and manage the crowd. It might sound easy but in fact, he faces challenges every day. Sometimes there are tens of thousands of participants in an action and conflicts are inevitable, “if they are not crossing the line or affecting others, in general, we won't interfere.” he says.
Yet, pickets would actively surround and block those, who intentionally come to the occupied zone to make troubles. “Once, the blue ribbons (anti-occupation) gang came to make troubles. We, the pickets organized a human chain to block them away from several hundred occupants. We were in a stalemate for almost an hour. When work hours of the blue ribbons gang are up, they just left.”
Bar-bender couple at the resources centre
Many of our activists have been working behind the scene in this movement, such as Wong Wai-man, a committee member of the Bar Bending Solidarity Union and his wife Maggie. In 2007, Wong led a 36-day strike of bar benders and now, Mr and Mrs Wong decided to stay behind, to help sorting and distributing resources, registering information of borrowers of tents and sleeping bags. Seeing a some-60-day occupation, Wong is worried. “Resources were pouring in in the beginning and now, they are torn and worn.” In any case, the Wong’s dedication to the movement, “we hope that the public could wake up and stand firm.”
Legal support team for detainees at the front-line
When police starts to detain protestors, there is a legal support volunteer team, who dress themselves in green to provide legal support, arrange lawyers to go to the police station and safeguard detainees' rights. Ngai, a HKCTU officer is one of them.
Being at front-line, Ngai observes a worrying trend of police's excessive use of force. On the night of 15th October, the police has driven the protestors from Lung Wo Road to Tamar Park. As everyone would have expected the police to stop using force at that point, “we can't believe that the police would keep hitting protestors with batons. Many protestors, without any resistance, were subdued by the police on the ground. These measures could only take place when the police was arresting armed suspects in the past, but are now imposed on unarmed citizens.”
Civil disobedience comes with a price and the participants are aware of the potential consequences they would have to bear. “Here is a very sad line, the only price for freedom is freedom.'  Ngai lamented. Over the past decades, the Hong Kong people had tried every way to lobby for a democratic future, yet the Government failed to put forward a fair and democratic political reform proposal.  The Umbrella Movement opens an era that the Hong Kong people have waken up from illusions and are trying to take back their future, through civil disobedience. 

Democracy and labour rights blocked! Who can clear it up?

Mung Siu-tat, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions

I took part in the civil disobedience action to protect the Occupied Zone on 11 December 2014 and was arrested in Harcourt Road. The police escorted me to Kwai Chung Police Station and my charges are unlawful assembly and obstructing the work of police. I am now on bail on my own recognizance and will have to report to the police station in early January.

Some might say, yesterday’s action was to complete the last step of civil disobedience, namely, to bear legal responsibility and the consequences of our resistance, to uphold the rule of law. Sorry! That is not how I see it. I must clarify that I went out yesterday, not for the above-mentioned purpose. When rich people could make use of injunctions to eliminate the voices of the powerless, when China’s National People’s Congress could override the courts and make arbitrary interpretation of the Basic Law, I cannot convince myself that bearing legal responsibility of these unjust laws (including Public Order Ordinance) can be beneficial to the justice. I simply do not see the rule of law in the midst of these laws.

Some memories kept coming back to me, when I was waiting for the police’s clearance at the Occupied Zone: in 2007, the barbenders blocked Ice House Street, where the old government headquarters used to be, to protest against Matthew Cheung, Secretary of Labour and Welfare Bureau, who turned a blind eye to workers’ hardship; in 2013, dock workers were ordered to leave the dock they had worked day and night as the employer applied an injunction from court, and etc. Many of my colleagues from the labour movement joined the last civil disobedience action in Admiralty, to carry out a belief that we unionists have been convinced and shared, from the barbenders’ strike, dockers’strike and many other labour movements. 

We believe that laws should not override democracy and labour rights which we are entitled to. In fact, we should be particularly alerted, when laws are becoming a tool of the rich and the government. Workers are not going to be limited by unjust laws. If we obey injunctions and Public Order Ordinance each time, we cannot organize any collective action to fight for our dignity.
After nearly two decades in the labour movement, probably a fourth of my whole life, I have witnessed too much exploitation at workplace and social injustice and I keep being inspired by workers’ resistance. As a trade unionist, my nature is to fight for those who have worked hard honestly, to help them and their families take back their dignity. Yet, I must admit to my conscience: it is impossible to keep my faith and carry out my work, without the protection from a democratic system.

If we would accept the political reform proposal from the National People’s Congress, the government would only have the interests of the business sector in mind, as they are the few but powerful nominators. It implies universal labour rights, such as standard working hours, right to collective bargaining, universal pension fund, would continue to be “blocked” by the functional constituencies. When the roads are occupied, bailiff and the police would conduct the clearance, yet, what happen if our democratic rights and labour rights are “blocked”? If we don’t join force, who can clear up this government?

In future, we might encounter more arrests and accusations, but we are not going to back off. The independent labour movement is determined to fight for genuine universal suffrage and we will take up the responsibility with other civil society organizations, to plant the seeds of democracy throughout our network. We are aiming at a bottom up social reform, with democratisation of labour relations and building up democratic unions as our strategies. We will fight till we win.

Mung sit-tat 

Dec 12 2014
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HKCTU in support of Umbrella Movement

02

Jan 2015

HKCTU in support of 

Umbrella Movement


Led by the Hong Kong Federation of Students, Scholarism and Occupy Central with Peace and Love, the Umbrella Movement is also well supported by activists of the social movement and labour movement, each plays her/his role devotedly. The HKCTU has been facilitating the Movement attentively and some of its works have not been made public. The following paragraphs document the participation of HKCTU's committee members and its staff members, to ensure their efforts would not be forgotten. 

People under the “stage”
Under the footbridge to Admiralty Centre in the Occupied Zone of Admiralty, a small stage was set up and named as the “grand stage”. The role of grand stage is to release news and host sharing sessions every night. W.S, an officer of the HKCTU is one of the volunteers running the grand stage. The volunteers plan the daily thematic sharing and contact the relevant speakers to come to the sharing.
She remembers her work on 8th and 9th November the most. There were times when some others were trying to crack down the grand stage. On one hand, they questioned the grand stage's legitimacy, while on the other hand, they attempted to occupy the grand stage for their own speeches. Such an illogical attempt was seen as a mean to destruct the movement. The grand stage indeed reserves time for free discussions and volunteers like W.S. have been working as a bridge between the people and the conductor on the stage.
 

Pickets to block the movement breakers

Wah-hei, a committee member of the Personal And Community Services Workers General Union serves as a picket, to keep order and manage the crowd. It might sound easy but in fact, he faces challenges every day. Sometimes there are tens of thousands of participants in an action and conflicts are inevitable, “if they are not crossing the line or affecting others, in general, we won't interfere.” he says.

Yet, pickets would actively surround and block those, who intentionally come to the occupied zone to make troubles. “Once, the blue ribbons (anti-occupation) gang came to make troubles. We, the pickets organized a human chain to block them away from several hundred occupants. We were in a stalemate for almost an hour. When work hours of the blue ribbons gang are up, they just left.”

Bar-bender couple at the resources centre

Many of our activists have been working behind the scene in this movement, such as Wong Wai-man, a committee member of the Bar Bending Solidarity Union and his wife Maggie. In 2007, Wong led a 36-day strike of bar benders and now, Mr and Mrs Wong decided to stay behind, to help sorting and distributing resources, registering information of borrowers of tents and sleeping bags. Seeing a some-60-day occupation, Wong is worried. “Resources were pouring in in the beginning and now, they are torn and worn.” In any case, the Wong’s dedication to the movement, “we hope that the public could wake up and stand firm.”

Legal support team for detainees at the front-line

When police starts to detain protestors, there is a legal support volunteer team, who dress themselves in green to provide legal support, arrange lawyers to go to the police station and safeguard detainees' rights. Ngai, a HKCTU officer is one of them.

Being at front-line, Ngai observes a worrying trend of police's excessive use of force. On the night of 15th October, the police has driven the protestors from Lung Wo Road to Tamar Park. As everyone would have expected the police to stop using force at that point, “we can't believe that the police would keep hitting protestors with batons. Many protestors, without any resistance, were subdued by the police on the ground. These measures could only take place when the police was arresting armed suspects in the past, but are now imposed on unarmed citizens.”

Civil disobedience comes with a price and the participants are aware of the potential consequences they would have to bear. “Here is a very sad line, the only price for freedom is freedom.'  Ngai lamented. Over the past decades, the Hong Kong people had tried every way to lobby for a democratic future, yet the Government failed to put forward a fair and democratic political reform proposal.  The Umbrella Movement opens an era that the Hong Kong people have waken up from illusions and are trying to take back their future, through civil disobedience. 

Companions under a stormy sky—Workers holding up umbrellas for democracy and livelihood

02

Jan 2015

 
 

Companions under a stormy sky

Workers holding up umbrellas for democracy and livelihood


The strike led by college students, fighting for the democratic universal suffrage which Hong Kong people well deserve, was attacked by police with tear gas on 28 September 2014. Most of people woke up the next morning to find that Hong Kong was transformed. We were disconcerted by the rampant tyranny, yet be inspired by the courage of our fellow Hongkongers, as a line from Dickens, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times” could possibly describe it.

To build a fair and just society, one's rights to participate politically, to improve people's livelihood in a democratic manner, regardless her / his background or class, is always crucial. The HKCTU newsletter has interviewed three workers with different backgrounds, to see if their stories in the Umbrella Movement might echo yours.

Accustomed to struggles, occupation as to safeguard livelihood

Interview with Ka-ho, an occupant from the real estate sector

Ka-ho, a strong guy working in a property agency, has been carrying a big backpack since Occupy Central kicked off. After work, he would go to occupied zones in Admiralty or Mongkok, where he stays till late or sometimes overnights. Inside his backpack, you can find a helmet, gloves, goggles, a mat, some war-game and hiking equipment he used years before. Since the last month, he has been carrying them to work everyday.

Ka-ho takes care of rental issues in a property agency. After graduating from a university, he joined a property agency, hoping to learn how the property market works. He was first working in the area of property management and later joins the rental department. “My main task is to rent out the properties of the company, by coming up with prices agreed by the clients.”

Pro-business government with ridiculous policies

The Umbrella Movement is all about genuine universal suffrage. Yet, the current electoral  mechanism, i.e. functional constituencies and the election of the chief executive, is  heavily skewed in favor of the real estate hegemony. How does an employee in this sector see such a contradiction? “There is certainly a contradiction.” Ka-ho admits. “Sometimes I quote a price and I feel it is indeed overcharging.” “I try to be more gentle to old customers. Sometimes they tell me they can't afford it and I will tell my supervisor, then s/he would recommend a milder rent hike.”

Working in a property agency, he earns HKD14,000 a month. After his contribution to the mandatory provident fund (MPF), he would be considered as not qualified to vote by CY Leung's standard. Ka-ho has followed the news closely, but the Umbrella Movement is the first one he truly participants. Since Leung's administration, “our society has become so divided. Many of those pro-government groups are being organized and we have never seen such a thing before.” His commitment is fueled by Leung's continuous lies, the pro-Beijing parties' attitudes, and Legislator Ng Leung-sing's forcible approval of the initial funding for Northeast New Territories Development Plan at the Finance Committee.

Resistance becoming a way of life

“Then it comes a realization: all this unfairness I have witnessed, is coming from an unfair system.” Undemocratic electoral mechanism which gives power to a handful of tycoons, who can only work out policies which are benefiting the rich. Quoting a daily-life example, he says, “as simple as buying a bottle of water, a small shop used to sell it for HKD2, but then the Link acquired the Housing Authority shopping centres, renovated them, and raised rents. This has led to local shops being pushed out, higher prices, and the dominance of chain stores within the estates. I can now only buy it from 7-Eleven and it costs HKD6 or 7 for the same bottle of water.”

The Umbrella Movement has left Ka-ho with deeper thoughts. In the past, he considered himself as a liberal and had serious reservations about legal minimum wages. “Time has proven it. The legal minimum wages have not affected the economy. Seeing it differently, with some 20 dollars an hour and 18 work hours a day, can one make the ends meet?”. “For pension security, any amount of the over-budgeted government project could be enough to serve as the Seed Fund of the universal pension scheme.” While some criticized the universal pension scheme would be unfair, Ka-ho says, “I might need it one day, or my mother, my family will need it. The current MPF doesn't help. It just sucks out our money.”

He give a quick and direct answer when being asked how he feels about the future of this Movement, “I will stay as long as this Movement needs me. We are out to demand something and so far, we haven't got any. How can we retreat? Hongkongers are very flexible, we can make occupying as a way of life. Once I had to go home immediately after work and I forgot how to do it, from office directly to home...” It seems he has made resistance as a part of his life.

 

Moral responsibility  in troubled times

“Strike to support students”, Chow Kim-ho

It is not difficult to spot Chow Kim-ho among the students, aged and experienced, this some 40 years old stage designer states, “I am striking to support the students!”

“Strike for a better future”, from witnesses of Hong Kong's democratic movement

Before the HKCTU's call of a general strike on 29 September, Brother Ho has already started a personal strike to support this Movement. “The moment the students rushed in and took back the Civic Square on 26 September, I knew that there is still hope in Hong Kong.”

“The more civil participation, the more people would be concerned about democratic movement and keep an eye on government's governance. The social movement in the past decades has not achieved anything, even the June Fourth Massacre has only led to emigration. We are not going to lose this time.” Chow says.

Except for a few nights when he was sick, Brother Ho insists to stay in Mongkok with his “Shandong gang” in Mongkok. He told his employer, “I am not coming back to work before the occupation is over.”  He is lucky enough to have an understanding employer, someone who has experienced the radical social movement in the 1970s, the first direct election in 1988 and witnessed the democratic movement in Hong Kong for over a quarter of a century. Being sympathetic to students, his employer gives him full support.

Keeping on struggles, taking back our parliament and future

Worried about the students? How about his own livelihood then? “The movement is initiated by students, it means they would have to pay a bigger price. For me, I have a family, my career and a home, while the students have nothing! They even run a risk of being prosecuted. Hong Kong is our home and we, the middle-aged, have at least some savings to keep us running, but how about the students? They need support from you and me, their fellow Hongkongers.” he explains. The future of Hong Kong might turn out like Brother Ho describes, namely, the younger generation is paying the price to realize justice and true democracy. Everything is possible.

Brother Ho jokingly describes his wages are merely above the legal minimum wages. Before the legislation of minimum wages, he can barely make the ends meet. “A whole generation has lost their dignity at work, this can't be compensated by the current legislation.” he recalls. The calls for a legal minimum wages were first heard in the 1990s in Hong Kong, but with the functional constituencies dominating the Legislative Council, the parliament of Hong Kong and serving the interests of the business sector, the legislation of minimum wages was only made possible in 2010. “We have to keep fighting, to retake the Legco is our only choice!”

Brother Ho is a chain-smoker, what are his thoughts behind all the smoke? Is it our future? Or the future of students who are sleeping soundly in the tents? “I have a son of my own, but many students here consider me as their father.” Brother Ho reflects. Each Hongkonger is responsible to change this city and the future of our next generation is in our hands.

The occupation might only last for a while, but resistance is a lifelong quest. The most beautiful moment of the Umbrella Movement is, it gives the whole Hong Kong a chance to think and reflect, when busy streets are paralyzed to give people the space to rethink about the ridiculousness of Hong Kong. Why should people work like robots but have no chance to enjoy life? Why economic development has left the grassroots behind? Why social resources have ignored the underprivileged? These thoughts will lead us to go forward, to make Hong Kong a more just and more democratic society.

E-newsletter Issue - No.3 - Population Policy: For whom?

17

Dec 2014

Population Policy: For whom?

 

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 paper echoes the voice of business sector. Shirley Yuen, president of Chamber of Commerce recently asked the Government to import low skilled workers while many industries have difficulties in recruitment.

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Sharing Prosperity and Combating Inflation 7% pay rise next year

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.

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Swire-Coca Cola Broke Their Priomises Workers Staged Strike for CBA

"Strike for a written agreement? What sort of agreement is it?"
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. 

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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 dances 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!".

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E-Newsletter No.6 - Do You Want To See Fake Democracy From The Mainland Transplanted To Hong Kong?

05

Sep 2014

For months, the propaganda machine of Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying, Government High Officials, the Pro-Establishment Camp, and Lackeys of the Mainland are using their carrots and sticks as an attempt to persuade the Hong Kong people to “Take it First” and accept a fake Democracy for the 2017 Chief Executive Election.

So, what kind of proposal they want us to “take”?  And are these proposals “acceptable”?  This issue of the HKCTU Solidarity Post will take a closer look in it.

The sweets that the Chinese Communist Party and Pro-Establishment Camp are selling us, are nothing more than poisons which are not mentioned in the Article 45 of the Basic Law: Institution Nomination, Block Vote, Majority Nomination, Candidates must be Patriotic.

Let us take a look at the consequences after taking these poisons. read more

 

About Standard Working Hours: Something you need to know

The public will continue to discuss and argue about standard working hours (SWH) even though public consultation conducted by The Standard Working Hours Committee (SWHC) has been completed. During the consultation period, business sectors mobilized hundreds of people to participate to oppose legislation. If we, workers, do not organize to fight for the SWH, it is afraid that the government will abort the legislation.

 

There are many discourses trying to discredit the SWH, for instance, people say the SWH will cause high inflation, labour shortage, etc. In view of this, we would like to refute these misunderstandings in this article.

 

Q: Why we need the SWH? Isn’t it better to have flexibility?  read more

Updates of HKCTU

Wish all domestic workers in the world a reasonable protection

 

On the International Domestic Workers, the Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions organized an activity to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of C189. During this sunny day, they played dramas and dances on a pedestrian street of Mong Kok to attract the public paying attention to the daily lives of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong.

A new term of executive committee of HKCTU was born

 

The 24th term of Annual Members General Meeting (AGM) was held on July 13rd 2014. The main activity of this meeting is the election of a 2014-2016 executive committee of HKCTU. Apart from the women constituency and the federation constituency, other 18 positions of the committee were selected out of 20 nominations from affiliates. There was an electricity short circuit

at the beginning of the meeting but the overall programme went well. The happiest moment was awarding giving such as the most attractive team in May Day Rally and the well achievable awards for 3-year plans. Congratulations to The Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions which got most of the awards.

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) 3rd  World Congress

More than 1,500 trade union representatives from 161 countries came to Berlin during May 18 to May 23 to attend the 3rd World Congress of ITUC. The ITUC congress had an election on general secretary and executive committee. HKCTU sent 5 representatives to the congress taking every opportunity to express the concerns of labour rights issues in Hong Kong and mainland China. At the end of the congress, the amendments from HKCTU concerning the right to freedom of association and right to strike of Chinese workers were accepted to be included in the Congress Statement.

 

 

A victory of justice! Wu guijun is released.

Wu guijun, whom you should know about. Do you remember a strike of one HK owned household products factory in Shenzhen from March to May last year? Wu was arrested due to his participation in the strike. After more than a year of non-legitimate detention for more than a year without a legitimate reason and four trial hearings, it was found that no evidence can prove brother Wu guilty. Finally, the procuratorate dropped the charges against Mr. Wu on June 9th detaining for 1 year and 7 days due to no reason. I demand an explanation from the authority concerned and I am discussing with my lawyer for possibilities of any legal actions” said by Wu guijun.

 
 

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About Standard Working Hours: Something you need to know

05

Sep 2014

The public will continue to discuss and argue about standard working hours (SWH) even though public consultation conducted by The Standard Working Hours Committee (SWHC) has been completed. During the consultation period, business sectors mobilized hundreds of people to participate to oppose legislation. If we, workers, do not organize to fight for the SWH, it is afraid that the government will abort the legislation.

 

There are many discourses trying to discredit the SWH, for instance, people say the SWH will cause high inflation, labour shortage, etc. In view of this, we would like to refute these misunderstandings in this article.

 

Q: Why we need the SWH? Isn’t it better to have flexibility?

A: Long working hours is definitely bad to workers’ health and family. According to a British medical research, working over 11 hours per day may raise the risk of cardiovascular disease by 67%. Also, working long hours means lacking rest time. It will cause illness and industrial accidents, and even “Karoshi”. A survey which was conducted by CUHK shows that half of the respondents agreed long working hours affecting their family life adversely. They cannot do their housework and accompany with their family members. The ILO stresses that productivity will decrease if people work more than 50 hours per week.

 

Q: Isn’t it fair that if you work more you get more salary?

A: You work more does not mean you get more wages. You may be requested to work overtime without payment if there is no the SWH regulation. According to the government statistic, Hong Kong has more than 340,000 workers whose overtime works are uncompensated. In average, they have 8 hours “free” overtime hours per week. In other words, employers can enjoy a “buy six and get one free” labour. If there is law, every overtime hour should be compensated.

 

Q: What is the HKCTU’s proposal on the SWH?

A: the HKCTU suggests a 44 hours week (if it is a five and half day work, 8 hours per day. If it is a five day work, daily working hours is roughly 9). If employees are requested to work more than 44 hours per week, 150% overtime remuneration must be paid. For example, one receives $50 per hour; his overtime payment is $75 per hour. Meanwhile, the HKCTU proposes a maximum working hours as 60 per week. All employees should not work more that this threshold except workers in some special industries.

 

Q: Why do not we set the SWH as 8 hours per day?

A: Different industries have different working time pattern. The proposal maintains certain extent of flexibility and minimizes impacts on business operation. For examples, employees can work 9 hours per day and work only 5 days per week.

 

Q: Will the SWH cause negative impacts on businesses? Many companies will close down and workers will lose their jobs?

A: Business sector tends to exaggerate negative impacts of all labour protections. Let us look back the minimum wage legislation. Before the legislation, business sector said it would create more unemployment and cause business bankrupt. But all these predictions have never come true. ILO specialist pointed that reducing working hours raise productivity and lower cost. Thus, the SWH will not affect business environment. On the other hand, the SWH ensures that employers should hire enough manpower. It will benefit employment.

 

Q: Business sector says Hong Kong has labour shortage problem. Will the problem deteriorate after the implementation of the SWH?

A: Hong Kong’s labour participation rate is around 60%, which is lower than other advanced economies’ rates as 70%. Hong Kong’s female labour participation rate (FLPR) is even lower, only around 50%. In other countries, more than 60 or 70% of women work. Working long hours and lack of child and elderly care services are the reasons of low FLPR. Shorten working hours can encourage more women to work. If Hong Kong’s FLPR can rise to advanced economies’ level, meaning 380,000 more people can join the labour market.

 

Q: I am now working 12 hours per day as a security guard. If there is the SWH, employer will cut my working hours to 8. Then my wages will be cut by one third too?

A: Income is the major factor of people choosing a job. A normal salary of a security guard is around $10,000 per month. If his/her salary is reduced by one third to around $6,000 per month, worker and his/her family members can barely survive. They will choose other jobs with higher salary. In this case, employer must raise wage of security guard to attract people to apply. According to the government statistic, the hourly rates of 12 and 8-hour security guards are $37.5 and $41.1 (2014) respectively. The hourly rate of 8-hour security guard is higher. Meanwhile, we should not forget many employees have no compensation on overtime work.

 

Q: the SWH will raise the labour cost, and then cause inflation?
A: According to the statistic, inflation is mainly caused by rent uplifted. It has contributed around 50% to the overall inflation rate. Another section is food price which contributed around 30%. Although the SWH may raise the wages, at the same time productivity will increase. Thus the total cost will not increase sharply. In 2011, share of wages in total operating cost was only around 10%. If the wage increases 10%, the total cost only increase 1%. For the estate management fee, wages of security guards and cleaners only share 30 to 50% of total fee. Therefore, if their wages increase 10%, the management fee will raise 3 to 5%.

 

Q: How to calculate working times as many jobs have flexible working hours?

A: Actually the Minimum Wage Ordnance (Cap. 608) has already defined working time. In brief, working time means any time when the employee, according to the contract or with the agreement or at the direction of the employer, work or travel in connection with his employment. Someone who has flexible working time can also be counted. In other countries, there are also many ways to tackle this issue. Some countries allow the employee and the employer to discuss the agreeable working time, or the law defines normal working times for particular jobs.

 

Q: the SWH is very difficult to implement. Is it impossible that if a cook leave his work sharply after working 8 hours?

A: This will not be the truth. As we mentioned before, the SWH may not be sharply 8 hours per day. In many countries the SWH is in a weekly basis. It provides some sort of flexibility. You can work less today if you worked longer yesterday. Also, the reference period of calculating hours worked may vary in different industries. In Japan, some industry sections have monthly or even yearly reference periods. In such a long reference period, the average weekly hour limit is 40 hours.

 

Q: Working long hours is a culture. Can it be solved by the SWH?

A: Many Asian countries which have similar culture with us have reduced their the SWHs recently. In 1997, Japan cut the weekly the SWH from 48 to 40. Korea has dropped their SWH from 44 to 40, starting from 2004 to 2011 by phases. Taiwan also reduced the SWH from 48 weekly to 84 bi-weekly. These amendments have successfully forced down their national average hours worked. From 1990 to 2011, Korean average hours worked sharply cut from 2,700 to 2,200. Taiwanese went down from 2,400 to 2,200 at the same period. Japanese work 300 hours less from 2,000 to 1,700 hours per year. They prove the SWH is work.

 

Q: Every industry section has its uniqueness, isn’t it ridiculous to set one the SWH standard for all industries?

A: Working time regulations in different countries have certain flexibility and special arrangements for particular industries. For instance, EU has another set of regulations for land transport workers. Because working long hours not only harm transport workers’ health, it also threats the safety of passengers and other road users. In most of the countries, one the SWH standard for all industries is not the case.

 

Q: Which countries have the SWH regulations?

A: More than 100 countries have some sort of working time regulations. Those regulations have been implemented for decades or even more than a century. The World trend is to reduce working times to less than 40 hours per week. Hong Kong, a so called international city, falls behind other countries in the aspect of working time. Around Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Philippine, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc. have working time regulations. Among them, Korea and Japan used to have longer working hours than Hong Kong. But as they reduced their SWH to 40 hours, their average working hours are lower than Hong Kong’s.

Do You Want To See Fake Democracy From The Mainland Transplanted To Hong Kong?

05

Sep 2014

Taking A Bad Proposal First Is Like Drinking Poison

Authors: Chan Chiu Wai, Mung Siu Tat, and Ng Chi Kin

For months, the propaganda machine of Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying, Government High Officials, the Pro-Establishment Camp, and Lackeys of the Mainland are using their carrots and sticks as an attempt to persuade the Hong Kong people to “Take it First” and accept a fake Democracy for the 2017 Chief Executive Election.

So, what kind of proposal they want us to “take”?  And are these proposals “acceptable”?  This issue of the HKCTU Solidarity Post will take a closer look in it.

The sweets that the Chinese Communist Party and Pro-Establishment Camp are selling us, are nothing more than poisons which are not mentioned in the Article 45 of the Basic Law: Institution Nomination, Block Vote, Majority Nomination, Candidates must be Patriotic.

Let us take a look at the consequences after taking these poisons:

 

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Screening Effect

Arsenic:

Patriotic

There is no stipulation of patriotism in the law nor any clear clarification of such from the Pro-Establishment Camp. They only claimed that patriotism is “self-evident’.

The Chinese Communist Party and the Pro-Establishment never dare to define whether those officials and dignitaries who send their family and assets abroad are patriotic or not?  Nor have they ever explained whether patriotism is equivalent to support the one party dictatorship?

Despite “Triads can be patriotic”, the Pan-Democratic camp is identified as “Anti-Chinese”.  By means of this “self evident” screening, it is foreseeable that all Pan-Democrats will be screened out.  Leaving those patriots including Triads members! (Photo: Lee Cheuk, Audrey Au, and Alan Leung are screened out)

Opium:

Nomination Mechanism

Individuals in the Nomination Committee do not have the right to nominate candidates.  Candidates require the brace of the Committee as an institution.

Both Elsie Leung and Raymond Tam admit that institutional nomination is not stipulated in the “Basic Law”

Traditionally, the Pan-Democratic camp occupies less than 25% of seats in the Election Committee.  Take the 2012 CE Election as an example, Albert Ho was nominated by 188 members (15.7%) of the Committee

Other popular figures who are not acceptable will be screened out by the Central Government; Chow Yun Fat, Anthony Wong, Joseph Sung, Wong Yan Lung, and Ricky Wong.  (Photo: the above will be screened out, leaving Leung Chun Ying, Fanny Law, Peter Woo, Ng Leung Sing, James Tien, and Wang Jin)

Antrax:

Block vote

Block Vote must comply to the candidates limit.  Meaning that members of the Nomination Committee can poll before the universal suffrage, in electing the real candidate can be no more that the limit allowed from a number of “Prospect Candidates”.

The filtering and screening of candidates by a small group of people is extraordinary in many democratic countries.

 

Not only the concepts of block vote and screening were not mentioned in the “Basic Law”, it also sets a higher nomination benchmark than preceding CE elections

Arsenic Trioxide:

Majority Nomination

Meaning only candidates who attain majority votes from the Nomination Committee are eligible to become a real candidate for the CE election

 

What is left to be chosen from after screening?

First they screen out the Pan-Democrats; then they screen out those who are popular but are not acceptable to the CCP.  This is not that we can think of as universal suffrage.  Do you think the citizens are still eager to vote?  Isn’t this a waste of public spending?

Can you accept Mainland Style Universal Suffrage?

It is not a coincident that the Central Government published her white paper on “One Country, Two System in Hong Kong” during this critical moment in fighting for universal suffrage.  In the Paper, One Country, Two System” is interpreted as “complete governance”, it is obvious that the Central Government is paving the way to replicate her Mainland Style Democracy in Hong Kong.  From the colonial era to the SAR, Hong Kong people have been fighting for democracy for years, are you really willing to accept this fake version of democracy?

No To Mainland Style Democracy Workers’ Support is Obligatory

Other Than Civil Disobedience, There Are Other Supportive Roles You Can Be Involved

When all forms of expressions and negotiations become futile, civil disobedience is the only feasible means to fight for democracy and confront totalitarianism.  Thus, the HKCTU encourages all workers to rise up and participate in Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP).

In order to inspire broader social support and mobilization, the civil disobedience advocated by the OCLP hopes that a lot of people will be willing to take the risk of illegal actions and prosecution to accentuate the injustice inflicted by the dictatorial regime.  But in addition to the legal risks of civil disobedience actions, the movement also requires a large amount of supportive actions that do not involve illegal actions.

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To fight for democracy and the improvement of livelihood, it is a worker’s obligation to be resolutely determined.  Thus, the HKCTU would like to call on all workers to join the “Workers for True Democracy” Support Group by means of the following:

A)     Please contact Mr. Chan Chiu Wai at 2770 8668; or

B)     Come to our office in person.

Working men and women, this is a critical moment, rise up and unite to fight for the future of Hong Kong and for our next generation.

E-newsletter No.5 - May Day Special: Their May Day Wishes

09

May 2014

We fight until we win

—Chan Hing Lung

President of Swire Beverages (Hong Kong) Employees General Union

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. “ I was transferred to a sales department when my direct supervisor always increased my sales targets that I could never meet the requirement. Then the manager took it as an excuse to fire me and one other colleague in the department,” Lung recalled. In order to support Lung from being victimized by the company, the union warned that they would go on strike if they company dismiss lung. As a result, the company did not dare to suck Hing Lung but to transfer him to the delivery team so his income has been reduced since then and his position in the company was actually demoted. At first, his annual salary adjustment was just 1.4% to 1.8%. He once felt very frustrated and nearly gave up the union but he was encouraged by the union organizer at that time that the union could not lose even one member. Hing Lung then vowed to fight persistently.

 

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Their May Day WIshes

 

FDW Voice on May Day

 

May Day Wishes of South-Asian Construction Workers in Hong Kong

 

May Day wishes of Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union

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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.

A trade union is usually set up by workers to protect their labour rights, to be on an equal footing with their employers. In this issue of the Solidarity Post, we interview Wong Chun-ho, member of the preparatory committee for the Mingpao Staff Association; as well as Choi Yuen-kwai, deputy chairperson of the Next Media Trade Union. Both are veteran media workers who have witnessed many social struggles in their various scales. As unionists, they have also taken part in labour campaigns in field of the media. When media workers form a trade union, it is not just a matter of protecting labour rights, but also that of defending press freedom and the professional ethics.

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Holding Truth in Heart. Turning Pens to Swords Media Unions In Defence of Press Freedom

09

May 2014


 

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.

A trade union is usually set up by workers to protect their labour rights, to be on an equal footing with their employers. In this issue of the Solidarity Post, we interview Wong Chun-ho, member of the preparatory committee for the Mingpao Staff Association; as well as Choi Yuen-kwai, deputy chairperson of the Next Media Trade Union. Both are veteran media workers who have witnessed many social struggles in their various scales. As unionists, they have also taken part in labour campaigns in field of the media. When media workers form a trade union, it is not just a matter of protecting labour rights, but also that of defending press freedom and the professional ethics.

 

Founding of the Mingpao Staff Association prompted by the Change of the paper’s Editor-in-chief

Wong Chun-ho, member of the preparatory committee for the Mingpao Staff Association.

On the day of the interview (11 March), the Registry Trade Unions officially recognised the legal status of Mingpao Staff Association as trade union. Wong Chun-ho was happy with the news. He was in the preparatory committee and had been responsible for drafting the constitution as well as the methods of elections for the Association. Dreary as it might look, paper work of this kind was however imperative in the setting up of the union. Wong pointed out that Mingpao Staff Association was different from other trade unions. It was born not so much out of labour disputes but rather the call to defend the trade’s dignity.

In early January this year, Media Chinese International Ltd, parent company of Mingpao, told its staff members that a journalist, not quite familiar with Hong Kong, would be brought in from Malaysia to replace Kevin Lau C. T. as the newspaper’s editor-in-chief. The new person was Chong Tien Siong who reported duties on 3 March. There was no thought of creating a trade union before this incident took place, Wong said with a sigh. In view of this change of editor, and putting together with the series of incidents that had occured in the media community, staff members could not help worrying that suppression might have finally come. Colleagues in Mingpao have always endorsed and been proud of the paper’s working principles of impartiality and objectivity. They hence were apprehensive whether the editorial policy of Mingpao and the prevailing press freedom in Hong Kong would soon be compromised.

How would the press community proceed hereafter? With this thought in mind, solicitous colleagues in the editorial department formed a Concern Group to actively follow up with the change of the editor-in-chief. In order to secure the legal status for longer term struggles, they also started to make preparation and draft constitution for setting up a trade union.

 

17 February 2014, the general meeting of staff announced that the forming of Mingpao Staff Association was in process.

(photo from facebook of the Mingpao Staff Concern Group)

 

The Long Journey to defend Editorial Independence will begin with the Setting up of a Trade Union

The Constitution of the Mingpao Staff Association reads,

“Endeavor to defend and promote freedoms of press and expression, strive for better working conditions, employees vow to adhere to the core values of Mingpao, that is, to uphold social justice and goodness. With Mingpao being a public tool, its employees will stand by their positions in playing the role of the fourth estate.”

By “longer term work”, Wong Chun-ho meant it to be fighting for a legal status that would allow the union-to-be to bargain with the management, fixing a mechanism for regular meetings so that staff members could monitor the newspaper’s management to ensure that the editorial policy would maintain its impartial and objective stance.

According to the Employment Ordinance, an employer cannot sack, punish or intimidate an employee for taking part in union organizing or in industrial actions. Otherwise, it is an act of discrimination against the trade union. Although the Trade Unions Ordinance in Hong Kong guarantees neither trade union’s right to collective bargaining nor employees’ right to return to work, it does provide the unions with a legal status which is indispensable for the Mingpao staff in their future fight for press freedom and editorial independence.

To Wong’s mind, defending press freedom is like fighting a battle. “We should not see (the series of media-related incidents) on separate counts. Once put together, you would able to see a picture. Something has gone wrong in the industry. Some people are taking sides; those who criticize the government are relocated. There seems to be a marshalling force behind scene. If we do not adhere to our principles now, if we do not stand our ground, freedom of press will perish.”

 

 

Mingpao staff in unity – braving against the rainstorm

Lui Ka-ming, current editorial director of Mingpao, has been well known for his anti- union stance. When he was the executive director for Mingpao’s North America operation, he was swift in suppressing the Toronto Mingpao Trade Union. To this, Wong Chun-ho noted with a smile, “Either you keep brooding over it and back off or you just go do it without being too much bothered.”

He said that staff representatives and members of the preparatory committee were psychologically prepared and were defiant. “As media workers, we would not consider too much about personal interest. If anyone wants to alter the editorial policy, none of us would stay silent”. To the employees of Mingpao, the assault against Kevin Lau, their friend and colleague, was a menace both to the media ecology and to the personal security of the journalists. And precisely because of that, the courage they have in standing by their principles is deemed more respectable.

In fact, ever since news was spread that the editor-in-chief would be replaced, the staff of Mingpao exemplified the paramount doctrine of unity by initiating many rounds of actions. They launched signature campaigns to demand an explanation from the management for the change of editor and a promise for the paper to uphold impartiality as the editorial policy. They also arranged to meet with the senior staff including Chong Tien Siong on his first day of work. At least a few dozens of staff members went to Chong’s office. They called for clarifications from him and from Cheung Kin-bor on their stance and their views on press freedom and on the operation of the media industry. Furthermore, colleagues were also mobilized to partake in events including standing-in-silence protests, rallies as well as the blue ribbon campaign, etc.  

Within the short span of about two months, staff members of Mingpao were striving amid all sorts of challenges. Wong Chun-ho was moved by their positive and timely reactions. “They spontaneously set up a face book page; and in front of their computers, everyone put up a sketchpad on which was written ‘Should rain come, shield it off with an Umbrella’ or ‘For Press Freedom’ etc. The ambiance in the office was very good. We were all of one mind, strongly united.”

The company and solidarity of fellow comrades are vital for any lengthy battle. After being recognised by the Registry of the Trade Unions, the Mingpao Staff Association proceeded to recruit members and form the board of directors. Elections were to fall on the same day of the inauguration of the Association in the month that followed. Wong Chun-ho jokingly said when HKJA launched the Blue Ribbon Campaign; the Mingpao staff turned themselves into the “Foxconn in Chai Wan” by working days till nights and vice versa to produce over 5,000 blue ribbons needed for the occasion. Some even mobilized their family members in the work. For a union, the journey to victory is necessarily a long one. It is not just about organizing fervent actions but also attending to ample amount of trivial work. We hope the Mingpao staff will continue to adhere to their professional principles and ethics, and defend press freedom at this precarious time of Hong Kong.

Choi Yuen-kwai 蔡元貴, deputy chairperson of the Next Media Trade Union

News broke out sometime ago that the Next Media Corporation would raise the salary of its employees by 3%, which was below the inflation rate. The union criticized the increment as “unbeatably low” in response. Just before the news went public, we had an interview with Choi Yuen-kwai, deputy chairperson of the Next Media Trade Union. Choi told us that the union was founded some 5 years ago, out of another dispute on salary cut.

 

 

Salary cut provoked labour dispute, prompting the inception of Next Media Trade Union

In February 2009, the Next Media announced a 3.5% salary cut. The decision was inconceivable as surplus had been recorded in the company following the 2008 financial tsunami. As a result, staff started to reflect on their rights and benefits. They decided to set up a trade union. At that time, members made some stickers and invited the legislative councilors to render their support. Choi Yuen-kwai remembered how Lee Cheuk-yan raised the sticker they gave him as he spoke in the Legislative Council on labour related issues. The Next Media Trade Union was subsequently founded on 11 September that same year to coincide with the union’s first general meeting. One month later, the Next Media agreed to rebate the salary cut.

Five years have passed. In face of the recent waves of events that targeted the media, the Next Media Trade Union has been able to respond quickly. Choi Yuen-kwai humbly took this as normal for a journalist. “It is very convenient and quick to just write a statement as a response,” he said.  Choi noted that after being informed the rate of salary increment, they wished to publicize our position, via facebook, and on the office’s democracy wall. They intended to encourage discussion among staff, rendering thereby more pressure for the management. The Union has also been aware of the recent internal shift of personnel in the company. The management has been a bit concerned about the Union and dare not conduct the layoff in large scale.  On the pretext of “reforming the page layout”, they dismissed some senior staff members in the editorial department and replaced them with some young recruits. This will certainly affect the quality of the work. The Union is keeping a close eye on the issue. Apart from matters of pay rise and staff layoff, the union is also concerning about staff’s rights and benefits in their daily life, the quality of the canteen, for instances. The Union will kee regular contacts with its members, and try to follow up with complaints which are received via emails, social media etc.  

 

 

First Trade Union in Print Media, Saving Rice Bowls with Active Participation

Like many corporate unions, the Next Media Trade Union has strived to meet with the management. “Since Cheung Ka-sing (executive CEO) took over, we never managed to make any appointment. Sometimes he is busy, sometimes he just drags on.” Many corporate unions share similar situations. Cheung Kai-ming was once the CEO of Walmart China and Walmart has been well known for its tough stance against trade unions. It remains unclear if Cheung also shares that same approach and position.

When asked about the challenges in organizing a trade union, Choi Yuen-kwai said the “The Hong Kongers culture” could be one that is hard to break: conservative, cynical and never unwilling to take initiative in the striving. He shared with us a recent incident which had made him think.  When the Union urged staff members to cosign a statement to exert pressure on the management, some team leaders advised their team members against it, adding that “unionists are trouble makers”. The whole team of staff would then back off.

Choi lamented that it might be understandable if a boss is selfish, considering only his own profit and nothing else. However, employees nowadays are afraid of being revenged, and they concern only about their own rice bowls. The problem then will be, the more one backs off, the more one will lose.

Choi pointed out that, as the first trade union in the print media, the Next Media Trade Union is also striving to save the rice bowls. It is the union’s choice of a more proactive approach that makes the difference, for the saying goes “one has to fight for one’s own benefits”. The pleasure in this union work is being able to strive with a group of like-minded board members for common goals. In 2012, Shing Kai-chung, former photo journalist of Apple Daily, was accused of assaulting a security guard while covering news in the government headquarters. He was charged but was found not guilty. Last year, the Secretary of Justice appealed against the court’s decision. During the appeal, the Union expressed its support to Shing by arriving at the court with a banner every morning at 8H30. Shing was finally acquitted. “You made the efforts and get the result you desire for.” For Choi, it was an experience that does not easily come by in everyday life.

Choi said organizing a union is nothing extraordinary. But then when a union exists, the company will have to pay heed to it for the sake of the corporate image.  They would also avoid doing anything too extreme. This is the meaning for a union to exist.

 

5 years insistence on the road of unions with the courage of fighting for democracy
Five years is not long for the development of a trade union. Neither does it denote a long part of a person’s life journey. Choi thinks that his five years working with the union has nurtured in him a conditioned reflex to struggle. “I am used to it. When I strive, I do not think about the consequences. It is just like joining the rally on 1 July every year”. To him, it is the principle rather than the result that counts. Media workers report every day on the struggles Hong Kong people have for democracy - be they big or small. “If I do not also work for it, I cannot face myself.” On this, Choi was speaking for many.

Looking at the recent happenings that are targeted at the media, Choi thinks that the Next Media Trade Union’s insistence on defending press freedom is both for the benefit of the whole industry, as well as for the “welfare” of the media workers. “Seeing our co-field workers being ‘harmonized’ one by one, you know you will be left on your own if you remain silent.” Hence, the Next Media Trade Union will be in solidarity with their co-field colleagues in Mingpao in the case of changing the editor-in-chief, with those in RTHK for the intervention by the Director of Broadcasting, and even those in the the selling of Next Media Taiwan. When Kevin Lau was attacked, many in the Next Media felt the pain. They joined force with the RTHK Trade Union and invited other colleagues to help form the words “freedom” in Chinese, to express the determination to defend the independence and freedom of press. Choi put it simply, “it is about extending support, lighting candles.” It is important to insist regardless of the scales and the results of the actions. It is the courage and perseverance to move on that is invaluable.

 

Their May Day Wishes

09

May 2014

 

FDW Voice on May Day

 

International Labour Day is an important day for all professional. Since the May Day is a day to ommemorate the victory of labour claiming their rights. As foreign domestic workers we have to come out not only celebrating but also taking this occasion to demand for change and better life. We call for the Hong Kong government to implement the workers' rights and benefits. We express in the participation as domestic workers as work.

May Day Wishes of South-Asian Construction Workers in Hong Kong

 

Improving the air quality of the tunnel construction site

The South-Asian construction workers want improvements in the quality of air that inside the tunnels under construction. The quality of air in the tunnel construction sites is very poor, the construction workers would breathe in a lot of ash and dust which is harmful to their respiratory system and cause sick frequently. Even though they change their masks every two working hours, they’re still full of dust and gasp when they come out from tunnels. It is unfair that the management works comfortably with air conditioners at office while they’re suffering under the tunnels.

 

Standard working hours with a living wage

Another wish of them is to have standard working hours with a living wage that overtime working is not necessary. They are at the position of rigger and are earning around 400 dollars for every 9 hours’ work. They always need to work overtime in order to support their family, which have more than 2 children normally.

 

Opposing import of foreign workers

In addition, they also urge that increase in wages can attract more people to join the industry. The workforce can thus increase so that no migrant workers have to be recruited. They said that the recruitment of migrant workers would just increase theprofit of their boss as the company can pay fewer wage further.

 

May Day wishes of Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union

 

Standard working hours

I hope that the company will consultant the union for employee matters especially the working hours. Although there is a rule to regulate the working hours for flight attendants on the plane, the company has required many of our colleagues to stand by at home or at the airport for a long time that was not regulated by the rule. Some of our colleagues are required to take these stand by working hours for more than half a month. It is a kind of invisible pressure on the flight attendants and very inconvenient as they do not know what to prepare without clear notice of which flight they will be on duty. We really hope that the company should be considerate in arranging the duty roster and working hours.

 

Housing allowances for expats

Originally, the company provided housing allowance for expats when they worked in Hong Kong but they changed the policy in 2008 that the allowance is expected to be discontinued in 8 years. It will have big impact on the employees as it is very hard for them to cope with the high living cost in Hong Kong. It was really unfair to them.

 

The reason for joining May Day Rally

The legal protection for labour rights in Hong Kong is still very inadequate. For instances, we don’t have right to collective bargaining and no standard working hours. Moreover, I think we should have a legal retirement age so that the employers cannot force us to take early retirement. The Dragonair which is a sister airline of Cathay force the flight attendants to retire at their 45 that is unreasonable. Actually people at 40s are still very fit and it is a waste of human resource. Law and policy reform require greater powers from the labour movement, Julian agreed that the power came from solidarity among all workers.

 

 

We fight until we win

09

May 2014

 

We fight until we win

—Chan Hing Lung

President of Swire Beverages (Hong Kong) Employees General Union

 

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. “ I was transferred to a sales department when my direct supervisor always increased my sales targets that I could never meet the requirement. Then the manager took it as an excuse to fire me and one other colleague in the department,” Lung recalled. In order to support Lung from being victimized by the company, the union warned that they would go on strike if they company dismiss lung. As a result, the company did not dare to suck Hing Lung but to transfer him to the delivery team so his income has been reduced since then and his position in the company was actually demoted. At first, his annual salary adjustment was just 1.4% to 1.8%. He once felt very frustrated and nearly gave up the union but he was encouraged by the union organizer at that time that the union could not lose even one member. Hing Lung then vowed to fight persistently.

 

“I then fought very hard with my members in the union for the pay rise adjustment. We got 4% annual adjustment now and we also achieved gaining the double pay and bonus for new contract employees as same as old contract employees. We also stopped out-sourcing of many departments many times.” The strike in 2013 was mainly against the unpaid overtime work of delivery team and to gain justice for a truck driver who was abandoned by the company due to a traffic accident of him. Most importantly, it was to push the company to recognize the union. Hing Lung angrily recalled what a management representative said a meeting with the management at one night before the strike. They said the company had 1,200 employees so the union even with 600 members was still not legitimate to represent employees to negotiate with the management.

 

Hing lung found himself changed a lot during his experiences in the union and with the support from HKCTU and International Union of Food workers. He hopes all the workers “devote themselves and solidarity is power”. He thinks that people united can make things happen.

E-newsletter Issue No.4 - Womens Friendly Workplace

17

Feb 2014

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.

 

The labor strike actions by the South Korean Railway workers, which began in December 2013 and lasted for 21 days, have finally concluded just before New Year’s Eve. The strike has succeeded in prompting the formation of an independent advisory committee by the Government, which consists of union representatives, employers, officials and independent professionals and is responsible for examining and preventing the privatization of South Korean Railways. Indeed, the strike was a formidable and challenging one in nature, as it has from the beginning been labeled as an “illegal strike” by the Government; South Korean President Park Geun-hye has even blatantly “persuaded” the workers in buying the privatization policies through violent means of arrests and prosecutions.

 
Standard working hours: opinions from international expert
Interview with ILO working hours expert Jon Messenger

 

The Standard Working Hours Committee will commence consultations shortly to discuss whether Hong Kong should implement standard working hours. Both the media and workers have a lot of questions on this issue. In this regard, we have interviewed ILO expert Jon Messenger in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

 

In Hong Kong we pride ourselves on the Rule of Law and treating others fairly. Yet the women who come here as domestic workers are systematically exploited by unscrupulous agencies and employers. Many are lied to about their jobs and wages, charged excessive illegal fees, paid less than the Minimum Allowable Wage, and have their passport confiscated. All these practices are against the law and can amount to trafficking for forced labour. This is a type of modern day slavery.

 

Chinese New Year Greetings from HKCTU

Wish you Good Health and Best Wishes in the Year of Horse!!!

 

President Cheng Ching Fat:

Brings in Fortunes to Strengthen Labour Movement

 

Vice Treasurer Gordon Lam:

Education for New Union Leaders to Create a Better Tomorrow:

 

Chairperson Pun Tin Chi

Affiliates Development to Work Wonders

 

CEO Mung Siu Tat:

Support Rice Bowl

 

Vice Cheung Lai Ha:

Collective Bargaining for Justice

 

Treasurer Emily Ng:

Memberships Ever Growing

 

Vice President Alex Kwok:

Minimum Wage at $35

 

Vice President Chan Sam Choi:

Legislate on Standard Working Hours Now

 

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