After all, why else would Coeng Mou, the leader of the Social-Democratic League (Se-Wui Man-Jyu Lin-Sin, 社會民主連線) political party, throw plastic faeces at CY Leung for criticising the protesters whilst wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the image of Ernesto Guevara, of whom, whatever else might be said of either of them, it can hardly be claimed that they pine for the British Empire?
In the workers’ meeting called by UHKD in the evening, members considered the written assurance by the four contractors with the Labour Department a step forward compared to the verbal, unilateral announcement these companies made on 3 May.
Although the strike has not secured a collective bargaining agreement with the employers, the 40-day industrial action has broken the “tradition” of unilateralism and succeeded in forcing the contractors to seal a written confirmation about the pay and working conditions. UHKD believes that this is the first step towards building a mechanism of communication and negotiation between the employers and the union representing a large section of the contractual workers in the Hong Kong terminals.
蔡泳詩 Wing Sze, Choi 統籌幹事 Project Coordinator 香港職工會聯盟 Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions