May Day 2015 - Hong Kong unions demand an end to violence against Chinese labour activists
May Day is the day when workers around the world commemorate their past, current and future struggles. On May Day this year, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) - the only independent trade union in China - is demanding an end to harassment and violence against workers and labour activists on the mainland who stand up for their rights. As Chinese workers increasingly assert their demands, strikers, worker representatives and labour NGOs have come under increasing attack as the authorities try to suppress collective action.
The HKCTU will be announcing this call at their May Day rally, and has launched an online petition calling for: an end to harassment and violence against workers and labour rights defenders; government investigation of violent assaults; and government ratification and implementation of ILO Convention 87 on workers' right to freedom of association, an internationally recognized human right. The Declaration on ending Violence Against Labour Activists will be submitted to the Hong Kong Liaison Office of the Central People's Government on May 5 - the deadline for collecting signatures is May 4.
For more information, and to sign the petition, click here