In recent years there has justly been much attention on workers taking action to defend their rights in mainland China. We’ve seen major incidents in car and textile factories, and more recently the electronics sector, including Apple supplier Foxconn. There have been developments in both the legal framework and in workers’ willingness to protest, that have led to increases in pay and improvements in a number of sectors.
However the situation facing workers in Hong Kong, who while having at least on paper the right to freedom of association, lack many other basic social and legal protections, has received virtually no coverage.
This may change as a strike by dockers working for subcontractors supplying Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT) looks set to enter its 4th week.