While the whole world shops, who cares about those who deliver?
November is a global shopping carnival. The “Double 11” Shopping Festival in China is followed by the “Black Friday” shopping week towards the end of November. Despite the thrills and joys of shoppers and merchants, the issues of exploitation of delivery people are often overlooked. While freelancing in goods and food delivery is getting prevalent, there is an undertone of labour exploitation in the name of freedom and flexibility. Under an ambivalent Employer-employee relationship, courier workers all over the world are under risks like unstable income and lack of protection.
The new employment policy under the pandemic economy
In 2020, social activities, economic production and labour markets were paralyzed by Covid-19. In Hong Kong, the government introduced short-term relief measures to subsidize employers’ salary payments. However, there is almost no alternative to protect workers from being laid off. The economic and labour impact by the pandemic is global. Innovative and progressive labour policies were already being experimented and developed in different countries way before Covid-19.
Under the global pandemic, how does collective bargaining play a role?
Covid-19 has hard hit the economy. With a series of lockdown measures in countries and cities, aviation is one of the first industries to bear the brunt. Even with government’s intervention, the airlines may still need to cut costs. Yet, when there is a lack of legitimacy in negotiation between the employers and employees, countless employees will simply lose their jobs and their families will be affected during these economic difficulties.
Joint regional Left statement in solidarity with the people of Thailand for democracy
A growing wave of student-initiated pro-democracy protests have been sweeping Thailand since February. They have united a new generation of activists with former Red Shirts and even some disaffected people from the Yellow Shirt movement demanding: 1) the resignation of the Prayut regime and new, free and fair elections, 2) democratic constitutional changes, 3) reforms to put the monarchy under the rule of law, curb its privileges, and end the use of the draconian lese-majeste laws to silence dissent.
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT CAMPAIGNS OF TRADE UNIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES AGAINST THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT OF 2020
The Standing Committee of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) expresses concern over the signature of President Duterte on the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 in the Philippines on 3 July 2020. The Act establishes and enables a council to designate individuals and groups as terrorists, legitimises detainment of up to 24 days without warrant or charge, authorises police and military to impose and extend surveillance, and removes the legal clauses to automatically compensate for wrongful detention.
Reply letter from Hong Kong government to the Swedish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)
Regarding the arrest of Lee Cheuk Yan, the General Secretary of HKCTU, for his participation in the series of pro-democratic protest movements since last fall, the Swedish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) issued a solidarity statement in June.
HKCTU addressed the political situation in Hong Kong in a Swedish seminar
At 18:30 (HKT) on 17 June, a webinar was launched by Olof Palme International Center and ABF Stockholm to discuss the recent political situation in Hong Kong. Lee Cheuk Yan, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), was a guest in the webinar.
Hong Kong National Security Law: Death of One Country Two Systems Freedom is at stake
The National People's Congress of China formally passed the “Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” on May 28, which includes preventing foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs, proscribing secessionist and subversive activity and targeting terrorist acts. It was also decided to authorize the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to force Hong Kong to enact the law by bypassing the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
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.