Billion dollars of wage theft: Hong Kong investors might act as accomplices
As a global financial centre, Hong Kong has been long a popular base for Chinese enterprises to raise fund and get listed. Funds, grouping various Chinese shares together, have been popular among the investors. As an ordinary investor, s/he gets very little or almost no information about the labour conditions in the listed company s/he invests in. It is not unlikely that your investment in the Mandatory Provident Fund has been supporting Chinese enterprises which are the usual suspects in terms of labour rights violations.
Report on food delivery rider unrest (2017-2018)
It is generally believed that delivery workers could hardly protest with collective effort, as they are individuals in the gig economy. However, data shows a phenomenon of the opposite: A total of 47 protests had been launched by delivery workers between August 2017 and July 2018; collective actions took place more frequently especially at later stage, i.e. between May and July 2018, that was referred to as “national food delivery worker unrest”. This report will introduce the background of the industry, its emergence, working conditions of delivery workers, and analyse their protests in the past year.
Conspicuous in Spending but Miser on Workers: Chinese Enterprise Exploits Workers despite Profit Boom
Chinese enterprise Huawei Technology Co. was under fire since the arrest of its CFO Meng Wanzhou by the Canadian government and its lawsuit against the US government over the equipment ban some weeks ago. Meanwhile, the diplomatic crisis due to the arrest of Meng triggered a heated debate on whether Chinese-owned telecommunications companies are cybersecurity risks to the world.
HKCTU hosted a seminar in Denmark, calling international trade unions to be concerned about China's labour rights
As the International Trade Unions Confederation's 4th World Congress took place in Denmark, HKCTU took this opportunity to host a seminar, namely “Impact of China's Economic Transformation and Overseas Investment on Labour Rights”. It aims to inform the unionists around the world about the challenges Chinese workers face during China's economic transformation and how labour rights are affected.
Release of investigative report on labour rights in Hong Kong enterprises in China 2014-2015
A press conference was hosted by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) on August 11, 2015 regarding “Investigative Report on Labour Rights in Hong Kong Enterprises in China 2014-2015”, below is a summary of the report.
Monitoring Report on Collective Labour Disputes of Hong Kong Enterprises in China 2013-2014
Survey Background and Method: Among the manufacturers of many world-renowned brand such as Adidas, Apple and Disney, etc., are Hong Kong enterprises in China. But there has been a lack of concern and monitoring of their treatment of labour in the mainland. Thus, the HKCTU established a "Monitoring Database of Hong Kong Enterprises" to gather information through the media and social media, of the major labour disputes that have occurred in Hong Kong enterprises at mainland China from March 2013 to April 2014.