150 firms threaten to strike as Legco debates bill

A growing number of businesses and shops, including Satirical media 100Most and van rental platform Call4Van, say they will go on strike tomorrow, the day when lawmakers start debating the fugitive amendment bill.

Stella Wong

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A growing number of businesses and shops, including Satirical media 100Most and van rental platform Call4Van, say they will go on strike tomorrow, the day when lawmakers start debating the fugitive amendment bill.

Students from at least six universities are planning to boycott classes tomorrow and hold a vigil outside the Legislative Council tonight.

At least 36 welfare and religious groups announced they will strike tomorrow and called on all Hongkongers to take part.

The groups include the Hong Kong Social Workers' General Union, the Reclaiming Social Work Movement, the Concerning Grassroots' Housing Rights Alliance and the Alliance for Children Development Rights.

Offices of social welfare lawmakerShiu Ka-chun and Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung will also join the strike.

The groups said they were angry at the government's attitude as it "ignored the opinion of 1.03 million citizens."

They said: "The government has not responded to all our movements, such as petitions, protests and the rally. In order to further express our determination to request the government to withdraw the amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, we decided to step up our action and hold a strike on June 12 for the whole Hong Kong."

So far more than 150 companies from different industries, including shops and restaurants, have made online announcements about their moves.

The sectors include production and publishing, catering, arts and cultural education, internal design, information technology, tourism and the service industry.

These companies are responding to netizens' call for the Wednesday strike.

Media 100 Most said on its Facebook page yesterday the company would stop operations tomorrow.

"Since Hong Kong is sick, many of our colleagues have caught a flu," it announced. "We hope Hong Kong will get well soon."

AbouThai, which sells personal care products and traditional handicrafts from Thailand, announced that all its 13 branches in the city would not open tomorrow.

"If we lose our business revenue for one day, we can gain it back later. But if we lose the Hong Kong we have, we won't be able to save it anymore," it said.

Call4Van posted a black and white photo on Facebook announcing a strike tomorrow. It also urged other businesses and employees to join the strike.

The post attracted more than 11,000 likes in eight hours, with hundreds of netizens posting thanks.

A Chinese traditional medicine clinic announced that from yesterday to tomorrow, doctors and employees can decide whether to go on strike or not.

"If this affects your waiting time for treatment, please call the HKSAR government which is trampling on citizens' opinion and endangering our safety," it said.

Shops in catering, including street food restaurant Jar Gor 1996 and food store 30 Stores, also said they were going on strike.

"We won't die if we do not open business for one day. But if we do not fight until the end and allow the evil bill to pass, we Hongkongers will lose everything," the 30 Stores said on Facebook.

Travel agency GLO Travel also said it will join the strike.