Newsletter June 2023

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In this issue: Exhibition tour & talks, Interviews with Hong Kong trade unionists in exile, International solidarity

Summer in Hong Kong is more than a holiday season. Summer in Hong Kong is a time for protests and showcasing the power of the people. From the 4 June vigil to the 1 July annual rally, people in Hong Kong take to the streets and express their love for freedom and justice. However, since the enactment of the National Security Law three years ago on the 30 June 2020, these summer traditions have become almost impossible.

But we are not giving in.

Earlier this month, our executive director, Christopher Mung, joined the 4 June rally in London. Next month, we will kick off an exhibition tour “Be Water-Persist” starting in Sheffield and then across England. We will also work with local trade unions to hold labour rights talks for Hong Kongers in the UK. If you are interested in co-organising one of these, please let us know.

Hong Kong trade unionists in exile – How are they doing?

Many Hong Kong trade unionists have been forced to fled the city as a result of the crackdown under the Hong Kong National Security Law. We interviewed some of them in our new series “Hong Kong diaspora trade unionists”. The series is currently only available in Chinese. Please email us if you would like to help with the English translation. We’d love to tell the story to a bigger audience! 

Show your support – Spread the word

It’s been three years since the National Security Law was implemented in Hong Kong but despite unprecedented suppression, independent trade unions continue the fight to survive. Let’s amplify their voices and tell the world what’s happening in Hong Kong. Share this brochure and learn how you can support Hong Kong. 

HK Labour Rights Newsflash 

  • Elizabeth Tang and IDWF received the Arthur Svensson Award of 2023 < Read more >
  • Hong Kong seeks to import 20,000 workers without consulting the Labour Advisory Board < Read more >
  • CEDAW published a concluding observation on Hong Kong < Read more >
  • Know your rights: Check out these 9 factors to see if you are under ‘false self-employment’ < Chinese only > 

International Solidarity

President of the GMB Barbara Plant (Left) and Christopher Mung (Right) at GMB congress.

Attending GMB Congress

HKLRM’s Executive Director, Christopher Mung, attended GMB’s 34th Congress in Brighton this month (you can read his full speech here). In the congress, we also met Ivanna Khrapko, the Chairwoman of Youth council of Federation of trade unions of Ukraine. From Hong Kong to Ukraine, we must stand as one to fight back authoritarianism.

Upcoming event: Cfdt, CGT and FO co-host conference about Hong Kong

On 29 September, Cfdt, CGT and FO will co-organise the conference “Hong Kong under National Security Law: state of play of human and trade union rights” in Paris. Christopher Mung and the former vice-chair of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, Ivan Law will speak at the conference. Learn more and register here. 

That’s a wrap for this month. We’d appreciate it if you could share this email with your network. It would help us reach a wider audience and increase awareness of #HKLabourRights on the ground. Don’t forget to follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook for more updates.

In Solidarity,

Hong Kong Labour Rights Monitor

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