Social workers throw their weight behind marchersLocal | 17 Jun 2019 1:06 pm
About 250 social workers went on strike today against the government's extradition law amendment bill proposal, RTHK reports.
Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung, who used to represent the social welfare sector, and a group of welfare workers staged a protest at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai.
They demanded that Chief Executive Carrie Lam withdraw the bill.
Cheung said those who walked out would be out and about, offering assistance to other protesters.
He also the government should hold talks with the opposition.
Cheung also warned welfare sector workers would continue their strike, if police use force against protesters.
One of the groups taking part in the strike, known as the Reclaiming Social Work Movement, said members would be patrolling the area near the government headquarters to help those being stopped and searched by police.
The group's spokesman, Lemon Fok, expressed fears that their rights may be violated.
"We heard on the news that when some young people were stopped and searched, it's quite different from the usual practice of the police. We worry that the rights of those young people are being harmed," he said.
Despite the work stoppage by social welfare employees, earlier calls for a major strike and class-boycott campaign failed to materialize today.-Photo: RTHK