“Prohibition on Group Gathering” Suppresses Public Demonstration The Union Front Persist with May Day Street Counters
The social distancing laws were originally designed to respond to public health emergencies to maintain social distance and reduce the spread of coronavirus, but it has now become a tool for suppressing demonstrations.
85% Workers in Hong Kong Affected by COVID-19! HKCTU Proposes Cash Allowance to Workers NOW!!!
The Confederation of Trade Unions collected nearly 400 surveys between March 23 and April 3, 2020 looking at how different workers are being affected against the backdrop of COVID-19 and would like to provide suggestions for the protection of the rights of the workforce.
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.
A New Way Out for Hong Kong's Struggle? Interview with ‘Defiant Stewardess’ Ng Man Yee, Chairman of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Union
On New Year's Day in 2020, the Civil Human Rights Front(CHRF) launched a demonstration entitled ‘Never forget, March Side by Side’, expressing the quest of the people of Hong Kong, which is, ‘five demands, all indispensable.’ CHRF notes that a total of 1.03 million people participated in the demonstration.
During the demonstration, the ‘Hong Kong on Strike’ and more than 40 unions set up street stands along the demonstration routes to recruit members and strengthen the organization of the struggle. However, at the beginning of the march, police barged into the stand of the Construction Site Workers' General Union outside the Southorn Playground in Wan Chai and arrested a volunteer of ‘Hong Kong on Strike’ for unknown reason. The riot police also fired pepper spray on other union members. According to ‘Stand News’, a police officer used a loudspeaker at the scene and stated that the police were investigating a case of possession of weapons. The unions issued a statement condemning the police for oppression.
My Arrest on February 28 2020 for Protest/March On August 31 2019
Respect Rights to Freedom of Assembly Drop All Charges Against LEE Cheuk Yan Now
The General Secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), LEE Cheuk Yan, was arrested this morning (28/2/2020) on charges of “unlawful assembly”, he was later released on bail and pending court hearing on May 5. The HKCTU vehemently condemns the arrest, which we regard as a plot to further suppress Hong Kong citizens and workers’ rights to freedom of association, and we demand the Hong Kong Government to drop all charges against LEE and others who are criminally prosecuted due to political reasons.
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
Anti-Extradition Bill Movement Series- Three Work Sectors Which Have Suffered from Police Brutality
Since the outbreak of the Anti-Extradition Bill Movement in June, the problem of abuse of police power has become more serious, and violence (such as the excessive use of tear gas) has become common. The police have lost control, the monitory mechanism has been failing, but the government still turned a blind eye to the problem and refused to establish an Independent Investigation Committee. The unrestricted police power not only harms the protestors, but also ordinary citizens. One could be deprived of one’s legal rights, and one’s personal safety is not guaranteed. In the past few months, some workers have been affected due to the special circumstances in their work sectors. A lot of problems occurred to wage earners, which affirm the saying, ‘Even if you are ignorant of politics, politics will still come to your door.
A City Defended by Our Children: Labour Rights Activists Teach by Examples and the Art of Communication between Parent and Child
Faced with totalitarian rule, the youngsters took to the streets in different ways compared to the previous generation. From June to November, the older generation was at first puzzled by their action, but gradually came to understanding. Or at least, became empathetic with the youngsters, no longer criticize their approach and choose to stand by them. How great is unspelled love? There are often few words spoken between father and son. When their sons went on the street to protest, the labour rights activists observe silently and are gratified to learn that, unwittingly, their sons have matured.
The Voters Have Quietly Awakened and Refused to Perish in Silence
The turnout rate for the current District Council election reaches 71%, which is the highest among the previous district and legislative elections in Hong Kong. Among the three million voters who have already voted, nearly 1.7 million voters supported the candidates recommended by the Pan-Democratic camp, which implies that the popular vote of Pro-democratic candidates comes close to 60%. Compared with the 2015 District Council election, the number of votes obtained by the Pan-Democratic camp increases by more than 1.08 million. After six months of Anti-Extradition Bill Movement, many Hong Kong people regard this election as a ‘referendum’ and ‘no-trust vote’ to the Hong Kong communist regime and as a punishment to the ‘pro-Beijing’ candidates who have become the accomplice of tyranny. Faced with the erosion of human rights in Hong Kong under the communist regime in recent years and the police violence in recent months, the election results have indeed helped Hong Kong people vent their anger.