Our sisters and brothers at the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) are calling on us for our solidarity with the democracy protests in Hong Kong. The movement in Hong Kong began 3 months ago protesting the extradition bill that would see political dissidents tried in China’s mainland courts.
Following on from their first, highly effective general strike on 5 August, the HKCTU is calling for general strikes on both 2 and 3 September, and are asking Australian unionists to stand with them
Excessive force has been deployed against the protesters, and workers have been sacked for exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. The ACTU is calling on the Hong Kong authorities to respect worker and human rights and accept the demands set out by the HKCTU and the broader movement:
- Permanent withdrawal of the extradition law;
- Release of the arrested protesters without charge;
- Withdrawal by the authorities of their characterisation of the 12 June protests as “riots”;
- An independent investigation into police violence and abuse of power; and,
- Implementation of universal suffrage.
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