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Hong Kong opposition trade union group to disband By Reuters


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By Pak Yiu

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong opposition trade union coalition, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, said on Sunday it would disband, adding to several civil society organisations that have ceased operating in the financial hub this year.

Joe Wong (HKCTU Co President) said at a press conference that the organization had passed a motion for dissolution last week.

Wong wept, saying that the organisation would not continue and adding that several members of his organization had received messages inciting their death.

The crackdown against opposition groups has intensified since Beijing placed a strict national security law upon the Asian financial hub last year. It stoked fears of shrinking freedoms and heightened concerns about the future of dissent.

Carrie Lam, a Hong Kong leader has denied the government’s crackdown on civil societies. Authorities say that all law enforcement actions are based on evidence. They have nothing to do the political views of the arrested.

HKCTU claims it has more than 93 affiliate organisations. Its duties include organizing independent trade unions and resolving labor disputes, as well providing education and vocational training for workers.

During Hong Kong’s anti-government protests in 2019 it ran crash courses about establishing unions for the many new organisations that were created at that time, partly in an effort to protect workers from being punished by employers for expressing their views.

Lee Cheuk-yan, the co-founder of HKCTU, is currently in prison for his involvement in protests. Mung Siu Tat (NASDAQ:), announced that he was leaving Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s largest teachers’ union, also an HKCTU affiliate, last month announced it would disband after the city’s Education Bureau severed ties and accused the group of helping to infiltrate schools with politics.

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