Hong Kong commerce union disbands as affect of safety legislation deepens


HONG KONG, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s largest impartial commerce union disbanded on Sunday, additional stoking considerations over the house for civil society teams as a nationwide safety legislation and the sweeping powers it provides the police stifle dissent within the international monetary centre.

Founded in 1990, the 145,000 member Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) voted to disband, bringing an finish to the organisation as authorities exert larger management on teams and unions within the enterprise hub. learn extra

While anti-government protests in 2019 generated a brand new wave of labour activism in Hong Kong and triggered a 35% bounce in registered commerce unions, teams have been scrambling to disband since Beijing imposed the safety legislation final 12 months.

Fears of falling foul of the legislation and dealing with phrases of as much as life in jail have seen at the least 29 commerce unions disband for the reason that begin of this 12 months, in response to a tally by Reuters.

HKCTU vice-president Leo Tang stated members of the group had obtained threats to their private security, with out elaborating.

Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam has denied that the federal government is finishing up a crackdown on civil society, and authorities say all legislation enforcement actions have been based mostly on proof and don’t have anything to do with the political views of these arrested.

Reporting By Pak Yiu and Jessie Pang; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Hugh Lawson

A man walks out of a Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) office, in Hong Kong, China September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu