Public Lecture : Gender and ethnic inclusion in union movement

Public Lecture : Gender and ethnic inclusion in union movement


Since 1970s, migrant domestic workers have started to come to work in Hong Kong. In the first place migrant domestic workers were mainly from the Philippines; later with the increasing demand from middle-class Hong Kong Chinese families, domestic workers from Indonesia started to come in the early 1990s. Domestic workers of other ethnicities from South and Southeast Asia could also be found. With an increasing number of migrant domestic workers, cases of abuses and maltreatments of migrant workers have been found. Migrant workers unions and organizations have been established to advocate for the rights of migrant workers. Migrant worker unions and organizations have always been detached from the local social movement due to the differences in labour rights agenda. However recently more collaborations could be found. Most significantly, the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU), which is an umbrella union of several migrant worker unions, has affiliated Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU). Such inclusion is believed to have increased the gender and ethnic diversity of local union.
Through exploring the formation of migrant worker unions by migrant workers from different ethnicities in Hong Kong and their relationship building with local unions, the presentation seeks to uncover the significant factors on the local-migrant unions collaboration and gender diversification.

Organized by Centre for Social Change

Date: 25/04/2017 (Tuesday)

Time: 7:30- 9:30pm

Venue: Room B5210, AC1, City University of Hong Kong

Speaker: Dr. Raees Begum Baig (Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Work, Chinese University Hong Kong)

Moderator: Mr. Kim Lee (Senior Lecturer, Community College of City University)
* The public lecture will be conducted in Cantonese