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.
“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