As part of the Council of Global Unions, UNI is demanding “the government of Hong Kong withdraw the investigation against Elizabeth Tang and drop the charges against all other trade unionists, democracy activists, and human rights defenders who have been pursuing legitimate rights protected under international human rights treaties and labour standards.”
The Council, representing 200 million workers worldwide, condemns the arbitrary arrest, detention and travel restrictions that the Hong Kong authorities have imposed
on Tang, the General Secretary of the International Domestic Workers Federation. The global unions stand with her.
Sending her solidarity, UNI General Secretary Christy Hoffman said, “Elizabeth is a dedicated trade unionist who works with commitment and with the highest level of integrity. I was fortunate to work with her closely in the 2000s, and she has always put special focus on the ‘invisible’ and vulnerable workers who are left behind. Her approach has consistently been that we must lift wages and conditions for all workers, not only those in more privileged circumstances. She has earned UNI’s complete respect.”
The CGU’s full statement is below.