HKCTU chair, Carol Ng, arrested for allegedly breaching the national security law Call for HKSAR government to cease political suppression now
Carol Ng, chairperson of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), was arrested home today (6 Jan) by the national security department of the local police and alleged to have committed the crime of subverting the state power under the national security law (NSL).
The ‘new rating system’ is porous. The living wage is the way out
Recently, the cleaning workers from Tin Ching Estate who sought a pay rise collectively have drawn social attention. The monthly salary of a cleaning worker from Tin Ching Estate is only $10,197, while a cleaning worker from the nearby Tin Yiu Estate who belong to the same contractor has a monthly salary of $13,800. There is a disparity of more than $3,600 for the same post, the same working hours and the same working area.
Suppression of the professional sectors: resistance and compliance, tyranny left us only one choice
2020, people in all walks are affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Due to the Hong Kong Government’s poor governance and mismanagement, we are now facing the fourth wave of the corona virus and more than 100 people have died in Hong Kong. In the midst of the pandemic, the government is planting white terror in the professional sectors, systematically attacking the norms which are not in line with the government’s discourses.
National Security Law Threatens Professional Ethics
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress forcibly implemented the National Security Law, which has triggered the worries in Hong Kong society. The senior government officials have repeatedly emphasized that the legislation is only ‘targeting a small group of people’ and has no effect on the lives of the general public, it is hardly convincing. Many people with different professional backgrounds said that the National Security Law affects their performance of work duties and even damages their professional ethics
‘Fighting ‘til the end’ is not just words--Lee Cheuk Yan’s activism under National Security Law
Over the past year, Hong Kong has experienced drastic changes. Many amateurs have taken part in the protest and their lives have become completely different. Lee Cheuk Yan, the general secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) and a senior activist, was also deeply moved by the unbroken line of protestors. After the National Security Law took effect, Yan, who is also the chairman of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movement in China, became a high-risk figure to be targeted by the regime. The closing of the prison gate is in a foreseeable future. What kind of change has Yan experienced this year, and how does he deal with the new situation after the implementation of national security law?
Migrant Workers speak to Equal Opportunities Commission: The plight of migrant domestic workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been more discrimination faced by domestic workers. The media reported a case of immediate dismissal of a Filipino migrant domestic worker who arrived in Hong Kong with the rejection of accommodation arrangement by her employer for her quarantine. We have received as well cases of disability discrimination with the reason of COVID-19. The cases are mainly immediate dismissals due to worries of COVID-19. Some are unreasonable work and hygiene demand imposed on the domestic workers, e.g. an Indonesian domestic worker is ordered to clean toilets 15 times a day. Many are rejected to go out or to have day-offs by employers with the reason that the workers will be infected with COVID-19 if they go out on their day-offs.
Hong Kong government's compulsory quarantine policy is chaotic Live-in policy increases risks of infection
The FADWU has also got an enquiry from an MDW member whose employer is returning to Hong Kong with the family. They will undergo compulsory home quarantine as required. She has to work under the same roof and take care of the kids. She will feed the kids and take care of their bath. Physical close contacts with them are unavoidable. Another MDW member complains that her employer is returning to Hong Kong. Her employer's baby did not travel abroad, and thus it needs not to be in quarantine. However, the employer who is the mother, the baby and the MDW will all stay at the same home and cannot avoid close contact. All these situations and care work increase the risk of infections. MDWs are also responsible for going out to buy food for the employing families. The pubic health is under threat of infections as well.
Trade unions front, the way to struggles: HKCTU statement on International Workers' Day 2020
From the early summer to the bitter winter of 2019, Hongkongers fought an unprecedented battle, reigniting the struggle against tyranny, which we called ‘the revolution of our times’.
After the Umbrella Movement, Hongkongers witnessed a low in the democratic movement, the vicious onslaught on Hong Kong’s democracy and rule of law by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the disqualification of democratically elected legislators, the political-economic regime continues to suppress Hongkongers.
KCTU and HKCTU Release Joint Statement to Defend Labour Rights under COVID-19 Pandemic
The KCTU and HKCTU released a joint statement and put forward a ten-point demand to both the South Korean and Hong Kong governments for stronger safeguards in workers' rights under the COVID-19 pandemic.