Employers Associations and Trade Unions in Hong Kong

1. Brief Description of Employees’ and Employers’ Organizations

The Trade Union Ordinance (Cap. 332) and the Trade Union Registration Regulations make provision for the registration and regulation of trade unions, requiring them to draw up and register a set of union rules with the Registrar of Trade Unions.

2. Rights and Importance of Trade Unions

The Employment Ordinance provides protection against anti-union discrimination generally, while the Trade Union Ordinance sets out the rights and duties of trade union members, including the trade unions’ right to independence, and protection for trade union members and officers against criminal prosecution or civil suit. However, at present, there is no statutory recognition of collective bargaining agreements in Hong Kong.

3. Other Types of Employee Representative Bodies

In Hong Kong, this aspect of employment law is not quite developed at present.

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