Whither Hong Kong's unions: Autonomous trade unionism or classic dualism?

Ed SNAPE*, Andy W. Chan

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper presents an evaluation of the ideologies and behaviour of the main union groupings in Hong Kong. The CTU's 'adversarial7 line and 'inclusive' approach has threatened to break with the traditional industrial pacifism of Hong Kong's unions, while the FTU's recognition of its 'dual functioning1 role has been balanced by the need to maintain credibility as an effective representative of workers' interests. The TUC has been passive in recent years, and the independent unions tend to be rather inward-looking. Unions remain weak, particularly at the workplace, and it is uncertain to what extent union autonomy can be sustained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHong Kong
Subtitle of host publicationLegacies and Prospects of Development: Legacies and Prospects of Development
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781315191348
ISBN (Print)9781138726512
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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