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More unions plan to join striking hospital workers

2020-02-05 HKT 11:28
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Trade unions from various sectors said on Wednesday that they too may go on strike in solidarity with hospital workers who on Wednesday failed in their bid to have direct talks with Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Several striking hospital employees and opposition lawmakers rallied outside the government's headquarters, demanding Lam talk to them about their call to shut down the border with the mainland to prevent a wide outbreak of the coronavirus in the city. But the CE did not respond.

Winnie Yu, a leader of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, said Lam had earlier urged staff not resort to radical means and to talk to the government about their demands.

But Lam has so far refused to meet them, said Yu.

Many other trade unions also joined the rally and said they will follow the example of the alliance to put further pressure on the government.

“It’s really imminent,” said Carol Ng, chairwoman of the Confederation of Trade Unions.

"This is an issue that affects the whole of society – and the quickest thing the government can do to address everyone's concerns is to temporarily close the borders."

She said different unions are starting to hold meetings about whether to take industrial action.

A succession of pan-democratic lawmakers also turned out to offer support to the striking workers.

Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki, who is a medical doctor, noted that the strike is not for personal gain.

Kwok also blasted the CE's order to officials not to wear masks if they are not sick or going into crowded areas, calling the move "cold-blooded".

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Last updated: 2020-02-05 HKT 12:35