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For this cook the Umbrella Movement is not yet over

Neighborhood and Workers Service Centre     Written by: Yat Mu Edited by: Jessie Kwok   Note: This is an adapted account about a Hong Kong cook, Sai Fai, and how he became politicized during the Umbrella Movement. The original Chinese report was posted on the NWSC (Neighborhood and Workers Service Centre) website.   In 2014, like many people, Sai Fai had to endure pepper and tear gas at one of the the three occupation sites where he worked in Admiralty.

CityU students say no to donation from ‘blood factory’

ejinsight   CityU students stage a protest as businessman Yeung Kin-man (inset, right) and his wife donate HK$200 million to the university.

Rethinking the cause of the lead water scare in Hong Kong

Globalization Monitor     Recently, excess lead was fund in the tap water system of several public housing estates in Hong Kong. This has raised public concern about water safety and the effectiveness of the monitoring system for public works in Hong Kong.   According to Hong Kong’s relevant regulations, lead materials are banned from use in the water pipe system. Why could the government officials not discover the use of lead welding and plumbing materials earlier? How long have the lead materials been used in the system?

Cathay Pacific flight attendants hold Hong Kong airport sit-in to protest airline's treatment

  Associated Press  MAY 19, 2015 — 9:50AM HONG KONG — Several hundred Cathay Pacific flight attendants were camped inside Hong Kong's airport on Tuesday after union members voted to protest new job contracts offered by the airline. Union member Ada So said about 400 cabin staff had gathered in front of the Cathay check-in desks. She said more than 600 union members cast votes, with most in favor of taking job action. They said they are protesting a cut to some cabin crew allowances, pay discrepancies for recently hired junior staff and a loss of legal support for workers involved in court cases such as civil action stemming from a passenger assault.

Erwiana – stop treating us like slaves

 11.02.2015 - Pressenza Hong Kong Press Release from Erwiana Sulistyaningsih forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Erwiana Sulistyaningsih’s February 10th Speech 10th February, 2015, Hong Kong SAR: I am happy that I won my case and the justice for me and other victims is finally upheld. I would like to thank Riyanthi for helping me at the airport and make my abused case known to the public, the Justice Committee for Erwiana and Al Migrant Domestic Workers and the Mission for Migrant Workers of St John’s Cathedral and also other good hearted people of HK like the Sen Lok Christian Church who tirelessly supported and assisted me and my fellow friends to ensure that justice is delivered. Also my appreciation to the investigation and prosecution team of Kwung Tong Police Station and honourable judge Amanda Woodcock who have been working hard to handling my case. I also thank my fellow migrant workers in Hong Kong and the world, the Hong Kong people and the international community who have been supporting me all throughout this trial. Without your support and pressure, the Hong Kong and Indonesian governments might not respond to my case at all.

An Open Letter from over 1300 Civil Servants in HK

The following open letter to HK people is signed by at least 1314 civil servants from 65 Departments: "On 20 Oct 2014, the Hong Kong Civil Servants General Union & Government Employees Association (The Unions hereafter) issued a joint letter to condemn the Occupy Central as a movement initiated by politicians to stir conflict and put the wellbeing of Hong Kong at stake in exchange for political capital. As part of the civil servant team, we solemnly declare that the open letter of The Unions does not represent us.  Those who have been paying attention to the Occupy Central movement or the development of the Umbrella Revolution should probably know that traditional role of politicians has been marginalised in the movement and they are not capable of altering its development or direction. Based on the protest in Admiralty on Sep 28 and the Occupy Causeway Bay and Mong Kok on the same day, no single politician or pro-democracy party can rally such a movement. If The Unions was willing to visit the three occupation sites and interact with protesters, who are still stationing there at the moment, before issuing the letter, they might want to change their mind.

Why Hong Kong workers cannot be absent from the umbrella revolution.

This article by Labour Vision Taiwan looks at the Hong Kong democracy movement from an observer’s point of view. The article discusses the background to the Hong Kong movement and relates the struggle for universal suffrage in Hong Kong to the situation in Taiwan, which despite having universal suffrage continues to pass legislation which is not in the interest of the working class.  The article also addresses the role that Hong Kong’s working class has played in the Umbrella Movement and argues that we can learn from the current Hong Kong struggle that the labour and the democracy movement are inseparable.

HKCTU Calls on Workers to Participate in General Strike

HKCTU HKCTU strongly condemns the police crackdown of people’s protest by Hong Kong government Calling all workers in Hong Kong to participate in a general strike on September 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.

Lifeguards hold waterfront demonstration

      09-09-2014 RTHK Hundreds of lifeguards have been demonstrating both in, and along the shoreline of, Victoria Harbour as part of a one-day strike over pay and conditions. Their action led to the closure of at least nine pools, and there are no lifesavers at many of Hong Kong's beaches. More than 100 lifeguards swam along the Tsim Sha Tsui coastline, and more than 300 marched along the tourist hotspot, the Avenue of Stars. The lifeguards are unhappy with manpower levels. They also feel underpaid and that the government doesn't treat them as professionals. Many frequently leave the job to join the disciplined services. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has expressed regret over the strike, and it apologised to swimmers. It said it'll continue its talks with unions to seek a consensus.

Macau casino dealers take industrial action for first time

 The Japan Times HONG KONG – Casino dealers working in one of the most popular casinos in the gambling hub of Macau started industrial action on Saturday for the first time in the Chinese territory as discontent over salaries and working benefits spreads. More than 1,000 dealers working for SJM Holdings, the gaming company run by the family of former Macau king pin Stanley Ho, showed up late for their shift at the flagship Grand Lisboa casino while others have pledged not to work any overtime, a union leader told Reuters.
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