Hospital workers union demands full border closure

Monday, February 03, 2020

The leader of Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, Winnie Yu Wai-ming, said they are still dissatisfied with the government after Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's announced that four more borders to the mainland will be closed at midnight tomorrow, and demand a full closure.

Yu said over 2,500 hospital workers join the strike today and about 60 to 70 percent of them are nurses. She said the strike has put pressure on the government, but that 60 percent of non-Hong Kong residents can still enter the city from the mainland via the control points that will remain open.

Yu said she hopes the Hospital Authority management can put pressure on the government to close all borders to the mainland and that the Basic Law guarantees the freedom to strike, and questioned Lam for saying that their actions are "extreme."

The union will meet with the Hospital Authority management and decide whether to escalate their action.