Hospital workers await response to protective gear demandLocal | 6 Feb 2020 12:47 pm
Hospital workers who have been on strike from Monday said they are awaiting the government's response to demands for safety gear for them and will continue to stay off work if the Hospital Authority refuses to talks with them today, RTHK reports.
The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance said their demands not only include a full border closure, but also calls to ensure a safe working environment for staff, such as the provision of sufficient protective gear.
"If the safety of the medical workers can't be assured, how can people go back to work?'' asked the alliance vice-chairman Ivan Lam. "If work place continues to be unsafe, the morale will be low and that could lead to people leaving their jobs.''
The alliance said it will also assess if a community outbreak has started in Hong Kong.
The union said it will depend on expert opinion over this and said several locally infected cases doesn't necessarily mean a big community outbreak.
A long line of hospital workers was seen in the morning today outside several public hospitals waiting to sign up for the strike.
The chairwoman of the alliance, Winnie Yu and other union leaders thanked their colleagues for the support. A tired looking Yu at one point was on the verge of tears and was comforted by a few colleagues.
Many of the workers who joined the fourth day's strike said they were not convinced by the government's plan to soon impose a 14-day quarantine on anyone entering Hong Kong from the mainland.
Some cited the lack of details on how the plan would work, while others said the plan might increase pressure on Hong Kong medical system instead.
Lee, an intensive care unit nurse, said people who fear they may not get treatment elsewhere might rush to Hong Kong and this will lead to more pressure at hospitals here.-Photo: RTHK