Flight Attendant Union Leader Sacked for Expressing Political Views White Terror Looms Over Hong Kong Workplaces
On 21 August, Cathay Dragon dismissed the chairperson of the Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Flight Attendants Association (HKCTU Affiliate), Ms. Rebecca Sy without providing any reason. Since the beginning of the month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has already made three requests to Cathay Pacific, the entire civil aviation industry is looming with white horror. Such wave of dismissal, first started at Cathay Pacific, is now expanding to the Airport Authority and Cathay Dragon.
Protecting pregnant contractual employees, demanding Law Chi Kwong to close legal loopholes
It is clearly stated in the labour legislation Hong Kong that, once a pregnant employee has given notice, dismissal of the said employee is unreasonable and unlawful. According the labour legislation, employers unreasonably and unlawfully dismissing pregnant employers may be subjected to compensation up to $150000. Legislation in Hong Kong, however, does not specifically equate contract termination with contract expiration without renewal. Given such, employees whose contract expired without renewal cannot recover their losses by filing claims in accordance to the labour legislation in Hong Kong. Whilst extending statutory maternity leave to 14 weeks, it is the responsibility of the government to simultaneously close all loopholes in the labour legislation that left contractual employees unprotected. Failing to close these loopholes will give employers full power in discontinuing the renewal of contracts of pregnant employers, in turn making women childbearing age as contractual employees vulnerable in the workplace.
Surviving is Not Living: Defending the Dignity of Workers with Living Wage
Living wage refers to the ability of a worker to provide a decent standard of living to his/her family, including proper and nutritional food, reasonable living spaces, protecting basic education needs and medical expenses. Although the minimum wage was implemented in 2011, the minimum wage rates in Hong Kong proved to be insufficient in supporting the livelihood of individuals. In response, The Oxfam published the Hong Kong Living Wage Report. Based on a full-time employee working 26 full-days per month, 8 hours per day, the report calculates the living wage of Hong Kong to $54.7
Stories of nine care-workers from Zhanjiang exposed - Exploitation of “supplementary slaves”
Exploitations of workers at elderly care homes have created much anger last June. Nine workers from Zhanjiang, China, have been working in elderly care homes under the worst conditions such as illegal overdue salaries, working and living in the same elderly care home, and round-the-clock working hours to serve the elderly who have lost temporal perception. The nine care-workers from Zhanjiang who worked at the Wing Kwong Care Home for the Elderly have had enough years of exploitation and decided to fight back.
Janitor Strike in Hong Kong Reveals Loopholes in Government Subcontract Policy
In Hong Kong, more than two dozen subcontracted janitors from a public housing estate went on strike on December 27, 2017. After several rounds of negotiation, the employees and the employers finally broke the deadlock and brought the ten-day strike to an end, when a compensation package was put on table on January 5, 2018. Although the dispute has come to an agreeable conclusion to both parties, the incident reveals many loopholes and bad practices within the Government outsourcing policy.
Luke Ching with Security Guards: Empathy Inspires Unlimited Possibilities for Labour Rights
Luke Ching started to work with the security guards with his campaign “please give security guards chairs”. As an artist, he met and causally chatted with security guards at the Arts Museum everyday and became aware that a chair, for many security guards, gives them a sense of dignity. “Once I am grasped by this feeling, I can’t get rid of it”, he described. He then realized that not only security guards at the Arts Museum, but also in government buildings, cashiers in shops and many others, work without chairs. For Ching, art is to inspire feelings of others and his campaign, is indeed a form of art.
HKCTU 25th Anniversary Review: Marching to the Light
As we are entering into the 25th anniversary of the HKCTU, Hong Kong is also arriving at a crossroad of unknown. While moving forward in darkness, it is important that look into our previous experiences in Labour Movement to shed light on a brighter future.