The Transformation of Traditional Trade Unions: From 'Wage-Claiming Machine' to Combining Strength for Three-Front Strike
At the same time, traditional democratic trade unions are tasting a breath of fresh air brought by new blood who joined in. The Construction Site Workers General Union (Construction Site Union hereafter) was established in 1992. Members come from different fields of construction work, including plastering, formwork erection among others. The Construction Site Union hereafter and Bar Bending Industry Workers Solidarity Union are both affiliated to HKCTU. Two officers are employed by the CTU to carry out administrative duties, advocacy work, and casework for the two unions
Women's rights activist and journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin detained
Ms Huang is an independent journalist and a women's rights activist, famous for bringing the #MeToo movement to the public. On 17 October, she was detained by Guangzhou City police, for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble". Reportedly, Huang participated in Hong Kong's anti-extradition law protest in June.
Huang is a well-known advocate for women's rights, gender equality, rights of vulnerable groups, ant-corruption and environmental issues.
Cathay Pacific, is it a victim of White Terror or a perpetrator?
In the past 4 months, anti-extradition law protestors in Hong Kong have proven to the world that they are persistent and firm with their demands. Protesters from different walks of life, sectors took part in assemblies, writing campaigns and strikes. Despite police brutality, they continue to voice out loudly. The Hong Kong Government, instead of listening to the people, deploys various vicious measures, hoping to silence the people. Beijing, "the black hand behind all these chaos", continues to believe money is the solution and threatens Hong Kong workers with layoffs. Employees in the aviation sector are among those most retaliated ones.
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.
Guangzhou labor activist Meng Han released after being detained for 38 days
On August 30, Guangdong labour rights activist Han Meng was arrested again by the police. Sources say that he was taken home by several plain-clothed and uniformed officers. His home was searched for more than an hour. Afterwards, he was taken back to the police station
‘Battlefield’ social workers between police and protesters
At scenes of conflicts, there are usually a group of people wearing the identification badges which are not police warrant cards but the social worker identification badges. The holders of the badges have no privileges and are not spared from the beats of batons. At the time of writing, some social workers were beaten and some were arrested
Another struggle after one year: Lalamove's exploitation goes on
In late April 2018, an industrial action broke out in Lalamove China, a Hong Kong-invested logistics enterprise's branch in China. It was caused by the enterprise, which reduced the drivers' commission arbitrarily. Suffered from a sudden income loss, together with the ongoing rising petrol, toll fees and operating costs, drivers could not make their ends meet and launched a strike to address their problems. Hundreds of drivers in five different cities joined this action and this strike was covered by international media. Another strike, due to the same cause marks the first anniversary of Lalamove drivers' strike.
Workers unite students: the backbone in the late stage of 1989 democratic movement --Interview with Li Jinjin, legal advisor of Beijing Workers’ Autonomous Federation
HKCTU Launches Global Action Week. International Solidarity for Arrested Labour Activist in China
The Jasic labour struggle in the late July 2018 had triggered a series of crackdowns on labour movement in China. The suppression is already beyond the Jasic incident itself. Some labor activists who did not involve in the Jasic struggle and media editors who concern workers' rights were also targeted. Under the development of this situation, the HKCTU calls for global solidarity to support the detained labour activists in China.