ACTIVISM – HK’s Luxury Malls Mistreating Their Staff? Join the Mini-Campaign


IFC, Elements and Hysan Place are mistreating their lowly-paid employees. An SCMP report showed how bathroom attendants are banned from sitting or leaning against walls during their 12-hour shifts, 6 days a week. Many workers are elderly, are not paid during breaks and receive a meagre wage of HK$30 per hour (the legal minimum – HK$11,000 per month).

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Staff reported health issues and complained of being reprimanded if they do not keep a straight posture – even when no customers are around. A campaigner on the issue, Luke Ching Chin-wai, said that companies were prioritising profit over people:“…companies value a so-called professional image more than workers’ well-being.” Mr Ching successfully persuaded museums to provide seats for guards.

Quotes from bathroom attendants.

Quotes from bathroom attendants.

Multi-billion luxury malls can afford to provide seating and a liveable wage to their staff. Share this page and spend 10 minutes to join Hong Wrong’s mini-campaign below to make it happen. What may seem like a small issue adds up to a winnable, worthwhile cause that will make a world of difference to these employees.

Flashmob after Easter:
We have confirmed all of the contact details below – your messages will be read. If you get a standard reply, follow up and ask what will be changed. Forward responses to us. After Easter, we will check back with each company. Malls which make no concessions can enjoy a widely publicised ‘chair flashmob’ in their bathrooms, as we invite HK’s press to witness us fill their toilets with stools (the seating variety).

IFC Mall:

  • Email: Email IFC on [email protected] – share you thoughts with Shirley at Corporate Communications – tell them that IFC should provide seating and a liveable wage to their bathroom attendants.
  • Tweet: Click to automatically tweet this message directly to IFC Mall.

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  • Facebook: Make a public post and private message on their Facebook page: “Dear IFC Mall – stop mistreating staff! http://bit.ly/seatsHK Let bathroom attendants have seats – pay a liveable wage.”

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Hysan Place:

  • Email: Corporate Communications head, Mark Tung [email protected] – share you thoughts and tell him that Hysan Place should provide seating and a liveable wage to their bathroom attendants. Mr Tung promises the issue is being ‘looked at’ – call him on 2830 5154  to register a complaint and to ask about progress.
  • TweetClick to automatically tweet this message directly to Hysan Place, though please email too, as their account seems to be inactive.
Tweet to Hysan Place

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  • Facebook: Make a public post and private message on their Facebook page: “Dear Hysan Place – stop mistreating staff! http://bit.ly/seatsHK Let bathroom attendants have seats – pay a liveable wage.”

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Elements:

  • Email: Elements is owned/run by the MTR corporation. Email Barbara Sin on [email protected]or call 3927 9000 to share you thoughts and tell them that Elements should provide seating and a liveable wage to their bathroom attendants.
  • Facebook: Send a private message to their Facebook page: “Dear Elements – stop mistreating staff! http://bit.ly/seatsHK Let bathroom attendants have seats – pay a liveable wage.”

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Nixon Cleaning (IFC Mall contractor):

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  • Email: Nixon Cleaning are the contractor for IFC Mall, contact them on  2563 0118 or [email protected] Tell them to ensure the well-being and health of their staff by adjusting contracts to, at least, provide a seat for their staff.

Nixon Cleaning and IFC share the same owner, Sun Hung Kai Properties. They say that contract terms are negotiated between them and the malls, promising a ‘relief toilet attendant’ would be supplied…

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When asked to clarify how/when this will be introduced and whether it will compulsory, the company did not respond. As there is no indication seats will be provided, we interpret this to be the exact opposite of “ensuring the well-being and health” of their staff.

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