Hong Kong’s pro-democracy trade union coalition is in the process of disbanding, its vice chairperson has told HKFP, becoming the latest civil society group to fold in the face of an intensified government crackdown.
Leo Tang of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions on Friday confirmed the group had begun disbandment procedures, but said nobody from its leadership has resigned.
Earlier local media reports on Friday had suggested that its chief executive Mung Siu-tat had already stepped down.
The group is still in discussions and expects to make an official announcement of its reasons for disbanding on Sunday afternoon, Tang told HKFP.
Founded in 1990, the HKCTU championed workers’ rights and represented 145,000 members from 93 different groups covering a broad spectrum including aviation, construction, catering, retail and social welfare.
Pressure on pro-democracy groups which have long been part of the city’s social fabric has prompted critics to accuse Hong Kong authorities of using the security law to dismantle civil society. Leader Carrie Lam has denied such an intention.