Q & A
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Q1. What is the difference between association and trade union?
A1. A Guild is an organisation formed by the industrial and commercial parties, or professionals and workers. In general, it concentrates on industry interest and inspect the business fault. A trade union is an organisation formed by employees or workers, striving for their labour benefits. Hong Kong Union of Designers is a designer trade union, which objective is to strive for the designers' benefit, and resolve the labour disputes.
Q2. Why you want to set up a trade union?
A2. We would like to set up a platform specialised for designer, becoming a designer community. Besides striving the labour benefits for designers, we also hope that this platform can help the designers to voice for the unfairness in this society.
Q3. How is the application process of the union? When will it be officially established?
A3.申請表格已經提交給勞工處轄下職工會登記局，只要核實會章及遞交補充資料就可以進入審核程序。通過審批後, 我們開始招收會員和召開會員大會, 預計十二月中完成.詳情請留意工會TG Channel 和 Facebook專頁。
A3. The application form had been submitted to The Registry of Trade Unions under Labour Department. Once the constitution is verified and the supplement document is submitted, it will proceed to approval. After the union is approved, we will begin to enroll the members and hold the member meeting. The process is expected to be completed by mid-December. Please refer to the union TG Channel and Facebook Page.
Q4. What will be planned after the union is officially established?
A4. After the union is officially established, we plan to publish some print materials for promoting Hong Kong design. The prolonged plan will be enhancing the interactions among local designers. We will also handle the common labour dispute cases for the design field, as well as create the design market price chart.
Q5. Where can we read the union constitution?
A5. The union constitution will be published on the union official website once the Registry of Trade Unions approves.
Q6. 為什麼還未籌辦任何活動? 那麼工會會參與三罷嗎?
Q6. Why doesn't the union organise any activity? Then will the union participate in General Strike on Three Fronts?
A6.根據現行職工會條例, 工會必須正式成立第一屆理事會後才可以以工會名義籌辦或參與任何活動. 現時的籌辦委員會只能維持工會的基本運作,例如處理申請程序和建立工會架構。
A6. According to the current trade union ordinance, the union needs to have a council to organise or participate in any activity with the union name. The preparation committee only can maintain the union basic operation, such as following up the application process and establish the union structure.
Q7. What is the current plan for the union?
A7. We are recruiting the designers to create the poster designs for Graphic Propaganda Front. The union will also volunteer to assist the cases regarding the strike. If you are interested in designing posters or need to have any assistance, please contact the union Public Admin.
Moreover, the union is setting up a designer recruitment board called The Job Seeking Union Out of the Blue,gathering the company information which are willing to hire the designers who had involved in the strike. The bank account, official website and social media platform are under construction.
Q8. Why we have to pay the membership fee? How much for the membership fee?
A8. The membership fee is used for the union operation and expense, including setting up the recruitment platform, supporting strike fund, activity expense and the member benefit. Part of the budget will be spent on the joint activities with other unions. The membership fee is not fixed yet, but there is a discount for students. The membership fee will be adjusted by the union scale and financial condition. The members will be informed before the adjustment.
Q9. How to be the union member?
A9. Besides paying the membership fee, you need to have one of the following criteria:
Current full-time designer; or
Had studied the design course approved by the government; or
3-year design working experience
Students who are studying the design course can apply for associate members.
The union currently includes the following design category:
Industrial and Product
Graphic and illustration
Event and Exhibition
Fashion and Textile
Q10. What are the problems the union facing?
A10. The slow application process is one of the problem. The committee will try to speed it up. The approval will be proceeded in this December. Another problem is the union structure. While the union application is under progress, the committee is building the administration system, including setting up the union facilities (such as bank account and server etc.), management system and human resource.
Q11. Is the union an isolated group (a.k.a. closed circle group)
A11. The union is currently formed by 14 designers who had not met each other before. They gather to assure the designers' benefit, particularly the designers who may be fired during the strike (including General Strikes on Three Fronts). They will temporarily handle the union administration work until the official committee members are elected. After the handover, they will retire. If any of them would like to continue working as the committee member, they need to be elected in the member conference.
We need more manpower for the heavy workload in the future. If you are interested in working at the union, please contact with any probational committee member.
Q12. Why we need to be member to vote for the union logo competition?
A12. The target audience of this election is the union member only, so you need to apply for the membership in order to participate. Another reason is preventing from electoral fraud such as electoral manipulations. Filling in the ID card number is optional for the current application form.
Q13. Why are there some design jobs for other unions/organisation free of charge?
A13. This kind of free jobs are volunteer works. We hope to help the organisations who need the design for protests and strikes urgently. The union also will cooperate with other unions or organisation, or participate in the related activities. These volunteer activities are voluntary. If you are interested in taking part in these activities, we are glad to provide the related information.
Q14. Will these volunteer works contradict the objective of striving for the designer’s benefit?
A14. 不會. 工會成立的其中一個目的的確是爭取設計師權益, 但並不是只針對牟利的工作. 我們會提供不同類型的工作予本會會員參與. 現時因行政問題暫時只提供義務設計工作. 將來本會會員可自由選擇幫助社會上有困難的人設計或是幫助與本會有聯繫的機構賺取收入以維持設計師的生計. 設計師也可因應自己的能力和需求徵求或應徵工作。
A14. No， it won't. Although one of the union objectives is striving for the designer’s benefit， it does not mean we only focus on profitable jobs. We will provide different types of jobs for the union members. Owing to the administrative problem， only volunteered jobs are provided right now. In the near future， the member can choose to design for the needs， or design for the organisations which are associated with the union to earn a living. The designer can request or apply for a job based on their capability and need.
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