Employment Insecurity in Tertiary Education: When Universities Start to Offer Precarious Jobs
In recent months, a number of teaching employees have been dismissed by various universities in Hong Kong. It is seen as a warning signal that universities are behaving like unscrupulous employers, just as other sectors. Not only do these dismissals affect employees' job security, they also damage the image of higher education institutions in Hong Kong. In this edition of the HKCTU Solidarity Post, we would like to take a closer look into the issue.
A Survival Rate of 25%
HKCTU statement calling for general strike on Sep 29
Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) strongly condemns the police for their violent attack on unarmed students and people. We strongly condemn the government for suppressing the freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly in Hong Kong. HKCTU calls for all workers in Hong Kong to strike tomorrow, in protest of the ruling of the National People’s Congress, as well as the brutal suppression of peaceful protest by the Hong Kong government. Workers and students must unite to force the totalitarian government to hand state power back to the people.
Policies Relating to Migrant Domestic Workers and Regulations of Employment Agencies”
Erwiana’s case has raised concern in the local community regarding the life situation of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong. It has also drawn attention to respective government policies as well as the severe exploitation employment agencies have had on these workers. It has been the ignoring attitude of the government that has rendered Hong Kong “the city of modern slavery”. In fact, cases of serious abuse are never new in Hong Kong. However, the government has always turned a deaf ear and allowed itself to drift along without learning any lesson or making any change to its policies. We believe the ordeal of Erwiana is not a case of exception. It reflects rather the predicaments of the domestic workers lacking help and support and is a situation that the government must look into.