Tag Archives : Politics: Activism

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.

HELPERS – Tortured Helper Suspect in Court Today as Gov’t Refuses to Alter Rules

As the employer accused of torturing Indonesian helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih appears at a Kwun Tong court facing seven charges of abuse, helpers and local people gathered at the Star Ferry last night for a candlelit vigil in her name.

Despite tireless efforts by the Justice Committee, international condemnation, multiple submissions to the government calling for reform and subsequent torture cases, the Hong Kong authorities are yet to announce any change in the rules which enabled the torture of Erwiana.

ACTIVISM – ‘They Can’t Kill Us All’: Protesters Unite for Press Freedom

Thousands gathered at government headquarters today after Ming Pao’s ex-editor Kevin Lau Chun-to was hospitalised following a hit-and-run ‘meat cleaver’ attack this week. Below are photos from the protest at Tamar site…

The H0ng Kong Journalist’s Association organised the rally weeks after Hong Kong’s press freedom rating was downgraded and a controversial Commercial Radio host was sacked without explanation.

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HELPERS – Over 5000 Demand ‘Justice for Erwiana’ Today

Over 5000 Indonesian domestic workers rallied at police and government headquarters today, demanding justice for torture victim Erwiana Sulistyaningsih.

You can donate to her directly, sign a petition, write letters and more at the Justice for Erwiana.com Action Centre.

Dozens of locals and expats also took part. Hong Kong’s Trade Unionist movement, the League of Social Democrats, Socialist Action, Left21 and the Neighbourhood and Worker’s Service were amongst local groups joining the demonstration.

HELPERS – Justice for Erwiana: Donate Directly to Her & Protest on Sunday

Justice for Erwiana

Donate to Erwiana directly and protest this weekend!

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih is an Indonesian domestic worker who was allegedly tortured by her Hong Kong employer. She says her passport was illegally retained by Chan Recruitment Agency during her 8 month ordeal. (Images of Erwiana here).

  • Daily abuse: Erwiana says she was beaten daily, burned and allowed only 2 meals of plain bread and rice per day. She was allowed to sleep only between 1pm-5pm but not at night. An allergy on her hands and legs was exacerbated by the employer, who covered the wound with clothing when the smell was unbearable. She tried to complain to Chan Recruitment Agency a month into her ordeal – they said she must pay off her debt before they would listen. Another helper who previously worked with the same employer claims she had to beg for her life and was also severely abused.
  • Inaction from authorities: No-one has been arrested – the suspects are free to flee. The police cite ‘lack of evidence’ to detain the employer. The agency are still operating while Hong Kong authorities refused a request by HK Helpers Campaign to check upon the employer’s children and ensure their safety.
  • Escape: On January 10th, 2014,  Erwiana fled home to Java – she was barely able to walk and her body was ‘covered in cuts and burns‘ She returned home with under HK$70 (US$9) and remains in hospital.
  • How was this allowed to happen? Amongst many other factors, the abuse of domestic helpers is enabled by the 2-week rule and live-in rule. Read the HK Helpers Campaign comment in the SCMP.
  • Media coverage: South China Morning PostWall Street Journal, TIME, AFP, New York Times,
Erwiana in hospital in Java this week

Erwiana in hospital in Java this week

ACTIVISM – HK’s Slutwalk 2013 Protests Victim Blaming & Rape Myths

The Hong Kong chapter of a global movement against victim-blaming and rape culture hit the streets today, marching from Times Square to Wanchai…

Dozens of activists – both men and women, from all ages and backgrounds – joined together protesting such issues as HK’s flimsy rape laws and increased sexual assault figures in the city.

Dressed mostly in pyjamas, the activists chanted “Hey ho, hey ho! Rape myths have got to go!” and “I’m a slut, I’m a ho! No matter what, no means no.

ACTIVISM – Full Lowdown & Photos: Hong Kong’s July 1st 2013 Pro-Democracy Protests

Today, thousands of Hong Kongers hit the streets demanding full democracy in an annual protest against the local and national governments.

Demonstrators assembled in Victoria Park at 2:30pm and, in spite of ‘T3’ tropical storm warnings and intense heat, marched down Yee Wo Street to Hennessy Road and on to Statue Square in Central.

Icarus Wong Ho-ying of the organising body, the Civil Human Rights Front, told the SCMP that “the lives of Hongkongers have been getting worse, with an obvious example being the wide poverty gap.”

ACTIVISM – Know Your Protest Rights in Hong Kong

R7P4RVE.jpg (160×160)The Hong Kong Civil Liberties Union has published a handy guide to protester’s rights and freedom of speech in Hong Kong. The NGO kindly collaborated with Hong Wrong to allow us to reproduce this essential information on the blog ahead of this year’s July 1st pro-democracy march…

“Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of speech, of the press and of publication; freedom of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration; and the right and freedom to form and join trade unions, and to strike” – Basic Law Article 27

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