Hong Kong Dockers –
Speaking in San Francisco April 8th
Tuesday April 8th 7-9pm
Unite-Here Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave – San Francisco, CA 94102
In the spring of 2013, a 40 day strike by 500 dockworkers at the Hong Kong Port aroused massive support in Hong Kong society and throughout the world. The target was one of the world’s richest and most powerful men – oligarch Li Kai-shing. The Hong Kong dockworkers, suffering years of frozen wages and inhumane conditions, divided by a subcontracting system meant to deflect labor unity, with no legal access to collective bargaining, in heart of the global capital’s leading city… struggled and prevailed, giving us a clear view of the power of workers against not merely one boss, but a system that is generating inequality everywhere it spreads. Their tenacity, militancy and ultimate victory provides a moment of inspiration for citizens and workers universally.
· Stephan Chan is a rank & file dockworker, employed as a sub-contracted checker in the Kwai Tung terminal. He helped to organize the Union of Hong Kong Dockers (UHKD) in 2005 and served as its first chairperson. He remains one of the core leaders of the union and played a vital role during the April 2013 strike.
· Loy Wong is an organizing secretary of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), with more than 12 years of experience in the trade union. He leads the organizing and support work for unions in the transportation and logistics sector, including the Union of Hong Kong
The San Francisco Event is endorsed by:
Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, Labor Notes, SF Progressive Workers Alliance, Chinese Progressive Association, SF Jobs with Justice, Inlandboatmen’s Union-ILWU (SF Region), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Empire-Logistics/Supply Chain Group
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