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Hospital staff to strike after overwhelming vote

2020-02-01 HKT 21:31
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More than 3,000 public hospital staff voted on Saturday evening to strike from Monday over the government's refusal to close all borders in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Only 10 opposed the move, while 23 people abstained.

After the vote held by the newly formed Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, they shouted slogans like “Go on strike, save Hong Kong!”

The union's chairwoman, Winnie Yu, said they were forced by the government to take the action. “If we have a choice, we wouldn’t want to go on strike,” she said.

“The government refused to close all borders to block suspected infections coming from the mainland, our public hospitals won’t be able to cope.”

“The government has been turning a blind eye to Hong Kong people’s safety, we must stand up and speak out,” said Yu.

The group urged the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, to join a meeting between Hospital Authority management and staff on Sunday and have an open dialogue with frontline medical workers.

In response, the Hospital Authority said it understands staff have different views over the handling of the matter and added that the authority's chief executive, Tony Ko, has accepted an invitation to meet them for an "honest exchange".

The authority said it will closely monitor the situation and make appropriate staff arrangement to minimise the impact on patients.