HKCTU calls international union movement to support Hong Kong protest for genuine universal suffrage

HKCTU calls international union movement to support Hong Kong people's protest for genuine universal suffrage
19 trade unions' support are pouring in till now


HKCTU has called an emergency strike on 29 September, to protest against the Hong Kong Government's heavy-handed repression of Hong Kong people's freedom of expression and rights to assembly, and police violence against a peaceful protest, organized by students and citizens. Shorter than 24 hours, several unions have joined this call (including Swire Beverages (Hong Kong) Employees General Union, Union of Hong Kong Dockers and social workers in Hong Kong). Their actions show that they fear no repression and their determination to fight for democracy till the end.
The international trade unions are also writing to support HKCTU and workers in Hong Kong. By noon, 30 September, International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific, International Union of Food workers, Building and Wood Workers' International, as well as national unions from South Korea, Philippines, Fiji, USA, Canada, Sweden, the UK, France, Italy and the Republic of Ivory Coast and many others have shown their support to the Hong Kong people. HKCTU has also launched a petition campaign, which more than a thousand signatures from unionists across the world have been collected. Together, we want Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of Hong Kong and Xi Jin-ping, President of China to know that we disapprove of their crackdown and we demand:
1)    The Chinese Government to withdraw its proposal to control Hong Kong's election and return the rights to genuine universal suffrage to Hong Kong people ;
2)    To immediately stop repression and guarantee Hong Kong people's rights to peaceful demonstrations. The authority must bear full responsibility of any crackdown.
In Solidarity,
1.    AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)
2.    ASA (Asian Students Association)
3.    BWI Asia Pacific (Building and Wood Worker's International for Asia and Pacific)
4.    Canadian Labour Congress
5.    CFDT (French Democratic Confederation of Labour)
6.    CIAGAHCI-DIGNITE (ITUC Affiliate at Ivory Coast)
7.    Flai CGIL (The italian trade Union of Agriculture and Food sector)
8.    FTUC (The Fiji Trades Union Congress)
9.    Global Labour Institute
10. ITUC-Asia Pacific (ITUC Regional Organisation for Asia and Pacific)
11. IUF (International Union of Foodworkers)
12. KCTU (Korean Confederation of Trade Unions)
13. KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno)
14. LIVS (Swedish Foodworkers Union)
15. RWDSU (Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union, US)
16. Toronto & York Region Labour Council
17. UFCW (The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, US)
18. UNIFOR (Canada’s largest union in the private sector)
19. UNITE HERE (The hotel, food service and gaming union in the United States and Canada)