On July 9, 2021, “2021 Dockers Seminar & Workshop” was held in the 28th floor conference room of the Hong Kong International Seafarer Services Centre (ISSC). The event was organized by the Hong Kong International Terminals Group Employees’ General Union and sponsored by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Hong Kong (FOC) Campaign Office.
Impact of COVID-19 outbreak is worldwide, Hong Kong port industry is inevitably affected. Overwhelming epidemic news is causing social anxiety and stressfulness, hindering dockers’ mental and physical health. Mr. Chu Hon Chung, Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong & Kowloon Labour Unions, was invited to the event and shared an in-depth analysis of the effect of the pandemic on the well-being of dockers. Mr. Wong Chun Kwan, Project manager of Hong Kong Workers’ Health Centre, also explained thoroughly about the preventive measures and the psychological adjustment of the infectious disease. Participating dockers were attentive and actively response to the speakers. They said they were more confident in combating the pandemic after the event.
“Seafarers and dockers like a family. To protect the rights and interests of seafarer members, unions cannot work without support from dockers. ISSC serves not only seafarers, dockers and other Hong Kong affiliates of ITF are also welcomed to host events in this venue.” Capt. Chung Tung Tong, committee member of ISSC, Convener of the ITF HK Coordinating Committee and the General Secretary of Merchant Navy Officers’ Guild- Hong Kong, addressed in the meeting, on behalf of ISSC, to welcome the Hong Kong International Terminals Group Employees’ General Union.
As Mr. Ting Kam Yuen, Office Head of ITF HK (FOC) Campaign Office, stated in his speech that ITF will continue to support its Hong Kong affiliates to organize similar events, and provide better service to their members. Meanwhile, he also looks forward to more dockers utilize and enjoy the various facilities of ISSC.