E-newsletter No.5 - May Day Special: Their May Day Wishes

We fight until we win
—Chan Hing Lung
President of Swire Beverages (Hong Kong) Employees General Union

Hung Lung has been joining the union for 9 years. “I did not know what a union is when I saw the union member collect union fees and recruit members in the office but I just joined with them”, he said. He has been gaining a lot of experiences during his participation in the union, that he initiated a signature petition against unreasonable night shift and then he run for union committee member election after one year later. When he became the committee member of the union, he constantly faced intensive pressure from the management. “ I was transferred to a sales department when my direct supervisor always increased my sales targets that I could never meet the requirement. Then the manager took it as an excuse to fire me and one other colleague in the department,” Lung recalled. In order to support Lung from being victimized by the company, the union warned that they would go on strike if they company dismiss lung. As a result, the company did not dare to suck Hing Lung but to transfer him to the delivery team so his income has been reduced since then and his position in the company was actually demoted. At first, his annual salary adjustment was just 1.4% to 1.8%. He once felt very frustrated and nearly gave up the union but he was encouraged by the union organizer at that time that the union could not lose even one member. Hing Lung then vowed to fight persistently.

Their May Day WIshes
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Holding Truth in Heart. Turning Pens to Swords
Media Unions In Defence of Press Freedom

With their lens and pens, the media relay to their readers all major stories in the society. But recently, the Hong Kong media got their turn in the limelight with the surfacing of a series of events that challenged the industry itself: the pulling of advertisement from AM730 by the corporations of Chinese capital, HKEJ’s alleged self-censorship on the writings of its columnists, the abrupt sacking of Lee Wai-ling by the Commercial Radio, and the assault against Kevin Lau of Mingpao, for instances. Many are worried as the “invisible hand” is looming large over press freedom in Hong Kong.

A trade union is usually set up by workers to protect their labour rights, to be on an equal footing with their employers. In this issue of the Solidarity Post, we interview Wong Chun-ho, member of the preparatory committee for the Mingpao Staff Association; as well as Choi Yuen-kwai, deputy chairperson of the Next Media Trade Union. Both are veteran media workers who have witnessed many social struggles in their various scales. As unionists, they have also taken part in labour campaigns in field of the media. When media workers form a trade union, it is not just a matter of protecting labour rights, but also that of defending press freedom and the professional ethics.