天主教香港教區 教區勞工牧民中心 – 九龍 Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers (Kowloon)

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天主教香港教區 教區勞工牧民中心 – 九龍」【簡稱天主教勞工牧民中心 – 九龍】Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers (Kowloon)

於1992年成立,最初座落新蒲崗工廠區內,及後遷址至人流及勞工更密集的油麻地區。中心致力提昇社會大眾及基層勞工對人性化工作價值的認同,爭取及改善基層勞工的工作尊嚴及保障,同時定期協助不同基層勞工社群爭取改善其勞工處境,藉此建立自助互愛的關係網絡,建立勞工自尊自信。
中心自2004年起開始服務區內少數族裔居民。從中心前線服務經驗發現,除了職場上的歧視,少數族裔居民的生活困境主要來自政府缺乏少數族裔視角,令到他們未能公平地獲取公共資訊、使用公共服務及獲得就業機會。因此,中心一直以居民組織及充權、政策研究及倡議、公眾教育及連結等工作,期望改善少數族裔居民的生活條件。
中心亦關顧到少數族裔居民的經濟情況。2007年,一群居住於不同區域的巴基斯坦婦女成立了「看不見的女人工藝坊(Hidden Women art craft studio)」,以自己最擅長的車縫及剌繡技巧製作手作產品銷售,月賺數十至數百元,幫補家計,亦令自己更獨立自強。雖然工藝坊於2014年結束,但部分婦女仍會個別透過教授手繪henna或剌繡,延續她們的藝術夢。中心亦增設少數族裔就業支援服務,透過累積及總結的經驗向政府倡議設立「少數族裔人士就業科」。

Established in 1992, Catholic Diocese of HK Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers (Kowloon) originally located in the industrial area in San Po Kong and moved to Yau Ma Tei, where the density of population and labour is more intensive.
The centre is committed to enhancing the public and grassroots workers’ recognition on the values of a humanistic workplace, fighting for and improving the dignity of work and also the protection for workers. It also works with the groups for grassroots workers to improve their working conditions, build up their self-esteem and self-confidence and also a self-helping and reciprocal network.
The Centre started serving ethnic minority residents in its service areas from 2004. From its front-line experiences, in addition to the discrimination in the workplace, the plight of ethnic minority residents is also caused by a lack of their perspectives in the government policies, which fail to enable a fair access to public information and also employment opportunities for them.
Therefore, the Centre has been working on the empowerment of the ethnic minorities, residents’ networking, policy studies and advocacy, public education and etc., looking for ways to improve the living conditions of ethnic minority residents.
Centre also caters to the economic conditions for the ethnic minorities. In 2007, a group of Pakistan women from different districts established “Hidden Women art craft studio" to produce hand made products with their good sewing and embroidery skills, earning tens to hundreds dollars for the families and making themselves more independent at the same time.
Though the craft studio ended in 2014, some of the women still hold henna or embroidery classes individually to continue their dream of art.
The Centers has also increased minority employment support services. After summarizing its past experiences, it urges the Government to establish “The Department of Employment of Ethnic Minorities."

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