Lam Shuk-yee (center, front row), president of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, and other members of the federation, including newly elected lawmakers, brief the media about the Legislative Council elections at its headquarters in To Kwa Wan on Tuesday. (Provided to China Daily)
HONG KONG - The city's largest labor group vowed to continue to serve society despite ending up with a less-than-expected number of seats in Sunday’s Legislative Council elections.
Deploying seven candidates, the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) secured five seats, one less than they had in the 2012-16 LegCo term.
At a press conference on Tuesday, HKFTU President Lam Shuk-yee said the group had notched up both gains and losses.
Gaining 30,000 more votes, but losing one seat, the party received more votes in the New Territories West and Kowloon East constituencies.
Lam said the party will continue to serve the community, fight for labor rights and focus on issues affecting the grassroots.
Lam also hoped to attract more support from the New Territories East and Kowloon West – two constituencies that are not HKFTU's traditional power base.
Lam hopes all newly elected HKFTU lawmakers can maintain good communication with the government.
Among contestants in the geographical constituencies, Wong Kwok-kin won in Kowloon East, Alice Mak Mei-kuen secured one seat in New Territories West, and Aron Kwok Wai-keung took over his mentor Wong Kwok-hing's support base and won in Hong Kong Island.
Wong Kwok-kin attributed his success to the party's record in serving the community. Focusing on workers’ benefits, he thanked his supporters and pledged to bring their concerns to the attention of LegCo.
Two of HKFTU's young party members Ho Kai-ming and Luk Chung-hung were elected in the Labour functional constituency. They vowed to fight for more benefits for the workers, including optimizing labor legislation, cancellation of the current offsetting system of the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF), legislating standard working hours and increasing public holidays.
Veteran lawmaker Wong Kwok-hing, who earned more than 233,000 votes, lost with a narrow margin in the District Council (Second) constituency, commonly known as "super seats".
Wong said he and his team had fought to the end despite vote allocation tricks used by “pan-democrats”. Despite leaving LegCo, Wong said he will continue to fight for workers.
The party will still consider contesting the "super seats" in the next election, according to Lam Shuk-yee.
Compared with 2012, the HKFTU had earned 32.8 percent more votes – about 42,000 – in the geographical constituencies. However, it suffered a loss of 5.26 percent support in the "super seat" election - a total of 12,960 votes.