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Subject: M-I: Labor in the "workers'" Hong Kong (fwd)
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 97 7:10:12 18000


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> Date:         Wed, 29 Oct 1997 11:28:47 -0500
> From: Tom Patterson <ac119-AT-FREENET.TORONTO.ON.CA>
> Subject:      Labor in the "workers'" Hong Kong (fwd)
> To: LABOR-L-AT-YORKU.CA
> ________________________________________
>  Hong Kong's unelected legislature votes out labor rights
> 
> -- October 29, 1997 Web posted at: 5:06 a.m. EST (1006 GMT) --
> 
>  HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Hong Kong's China-anointed legislature on
> Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to strike down a set of labor rights
> laws, passed by a former colonial assembly in June.
> 
>  The Provisional Legislature voted 30 to 14 with six abstentions to
> scrap laws on collective bargaining and guarding against anti-union
> discrimination.
> 
>  The labor laws were adopted under British rule, just one week before
> China took control of Hong Kong on July 1.
> 
>  Just after the handover, the new Beijing-appointed legislature voted to
> freeze the labor laws on grounds that they might make Hong Kong less
> competitive.
> 
>  The rollback of labor rights was one of a series of moves by the new
> Chinese leader Tung Chee-hwa which were seen by pro-democracy advocates
> as watering down civil liberties in the territory.
> 
>  Prior to the vote, about 50 protesters unfurled huge read banners
> outside the legislative council to denounce the debate and vote.
> 
>  "Don't strike down our new labor laws," the banners read.
> 
>  Two of the laws had allowed collective bargaining and guarded against
> anti-union discrimination. The others focused on control of trade union
> activities, declared May 1 a statutory holiday and provided compensation
> for occupational deafness.
> 
>  Copyright 1997 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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