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Hong Kong's WatershedThe 1967 Riots$
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Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090897

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090897.001.0001

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Labour dispute at the Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works:

Labour dispute at the Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works:

The immediate trigger of the 1967 riots

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(p.23) 2 Labour dispute at the Hong Kong Artificial Flower Works:
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Hong Kong's Watershed
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Gary Ka-wai Cheung

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622090897.003.0003

The political struggle between the colonial government and the leftist camp started in a plastic flower factory in San Po Kong, Kowloon. The plastic flower industry had emerged as a booming industry in Hong Kong since the economy took off in the 1960s. Hong Kong Flower Works was one of the biggest plastic flower factories in the 1960s. The workers at the factory were discontented with the new regulations which would reduce their wages and put their job security at risk. The workers decided to send representatives for negotiation with the management in hopes that their demands would be heard. However, the management did not listen to the workers. Ninety-two workers were dismissed on grounds of “drop in business,” including some workers' representatives. This instigated several protests. Various thoughts about the reasons why the police intervened in the labour dispute are examined. Anti-British struggles also broke-out.

Keywords:   labour dispute, Flower Works, wages, job security, police, anti-British struggles

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