Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions

The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU)[4] is a pro-Beijing labour and political group established in 1948 in Hong Kong. It is the largest labour group in Hong Kong with over 410,000 members in 251 affiliates and associated trade unions.[1] Presided by Ng Chau-pei and chaired by Kingsley Wong, it currently holds four seats in the Legislative Council and five seats in the District Councils.

Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions
PresidentNg Chau-pei
ChairmanKingsley Wong
Secretary-GeneralMa Kwong-yu
Founded17 April 1948; 73 years ago (1948-04-17)
Headquarters12 Ma Hang Chung
Road, Tokwawan,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Membership (2014) Over 410,000[1]
Political positionLeft-wing[3]
Regional affiliationPro-Beijing camp
Colours  Red
Slogan"Patriotism, Solidarity, Rights, Welfare, Participation"
Executive Council
1 / 33
Legislative Council
4 / 70
District Councils
5 / 479
NPC (HK deputies)
2 / 36
CPPCC (HK members)
2 / 124
Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions
Traditional Chinese香港工會聯合會
Simplified Chinese香港工会联合会
Traditional Chinese工聯會
Simplified Chinese工联会

As one of the oldest existing labour unions in Hong Kong, the HKFTU has long been seen as a satellite organisation of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the ruling party of the People's Republic of China (PRC), operating in Hong Kong. It took a leading role in the 1967 riots against the British rule and was suppressed by the colonial government. In the 1980s, the HKFTU, along with the conservative business elites, led efforts against faster democratisation during the run up to the Chinese resumption of Hong Kong sovereignty in 1997.

HKFTU trade unionists were among the founding members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) in 1992, which has become the flagship pro-Beijing party today. In the early 2010s, the HKFTU began actively participating in elections under its own banner with a more pro-grassroots and pro-labour platform, distant from the DAB's pro-middle-class and professionals outlook, in order to broaden the pro-Beijing electorate.