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Hong Kong: Industrial relations

Original and updating author: Nicholas Chan, Squire Patton Boggs
Consultant editor: Charles To

Note: Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It has a high degree of autonomy and its own legal system, including in the area of employment law.


  • Hong Kong's Constitution guarantees freedom of association and the freedom to form and join trade unions. (See Trade unions)
  • Collective agreements are rare and are not regulated by legislation. (See Collective bargaining)
  • There are no statutory obligations on employers to inform or consult employees, employee representatives or trade unions. (See Informing and consulting employees)
  • The Basic Law guarantees the right to strike, but the legislation on the exercise of this right is relatively limited. (See Industrial action and picketing)