Largest teachers union disbanded due to drastic changes: Hong kong

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According to Chinese official media, the city’s largest teachers’ union is disbanding due to “dramatic changes in the social and political climate,” according to Chinese official media. The union was accused of violating Hong Kong’s national security statute.
Mr. Fung Wai Wah, the chairman of the Professional Teachers’ Union (PTU), the city’s largest trade union representing a single profession with 95,000 members, said on Tuesday (Aug 10) that the union had come under “huge pressure,” even though many factors were considered when it came to making this “tough and unwanted” decision.
Despite considering numerous possibilities, we have yet to identify realistically and resolve the crisis or challenging issue. As a result, we’ll have to fall back on this last option,” he continued.
The well-funded union will stop recruiting new members and renewing existing ones, and commenting on and participating in social activities.
The PTU’s 200 employees will be laid off, and the union’s property estates will be auctioned.
The PTU’s welfare arm, which offered basics and other things such as books, stationery, and home appliances to members at reduced costs while also organizing profession-related activities, had amassed substantial reserves.
Union stores in Mong Kok, Causeway Bay, and Tsuen Wan will remain open until sold items like stationery, books, and groceries. At the same time, health clinics that offer cheap check-ups and services in dental, optometry, and physiotherapy will close shortly.
The decision to dismantle the body comes just a week after the union announced that it would establish a unit to help teachers better understand Chinese history, culture, and national issues, a move largely interpreted as an olive branch to the government.
This came after the Hong Kong Education Bureau announced on July 31 that it would no longer recognize the PTU as a professional education group.

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