The Global Network member Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) is closely following the developments in the dock workers strike that started weeks ago in the port of Hong Kong. Read the latest statement and join the workers in their struggle for better working conditions, respect for health and safety regulations on the work floor and a wage increase.
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May 1st - Message from Global Network Arab Countries by DWRC:
On the occasion of May Day 2013, the Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center (DWRC) in Palestine sends its warmest solidarity greetings to all working women and men around the world, in particular to the garment workers in Bangladesh, who have suffered such a terrible tragedy.
We would like to convey our words of encouragement and support to the unemployed and all those who continue to be driven into poverty and precariousness by the global crisis or the specific situation of their countries, and the failure of governments to protect the fundamental rights of workers.
On March 28, 2013, the Union of Hong Kong Dockers (UHKD), an affiliate of HKCTU, staged a strike at Hong Kong Container Terminal No. 6 in Kwai Chung to demand an overdue pay raise and an end to their exploitation. Over 400 are still on strike today, demanding besides a wage increase also respect for their labour rights. The wages of the dock workers, who are mostly hired by the sub-contractors, have not risen in the past fifteen years. The workers are also facing health and safety risks daily, working extremely long shifts and not being given meals and toilet breaks.