Union groups top popularity survey

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 August, 2009, 12:00am

Trade-union groupings are the city's most popular political organisations, according to a survey carried out by the University of Hong Kong.

The Federation of Trade Unions remained at the top of the table with an average popularity rating of 52.8 marks out of 100, followed by the Confederation of Trade Unions with an average rating of 51.7, an improvement on last year's ranking of fourth, but only a slight improvement on last year's average rating of 51.3 marks.

The FTU is the largest labour organisation in Hong Kong. Founded in 1948, it has 178 affiliated unions and 53 associated unions, representing more than 320,000 people.

The CTU was founded in 1990 and now has 61 affiliates, representing 160,000 members.

The two groups have dominated the top rankings in recent years, except for the period between 2004 and 2005, when the Article 45 Concern Group came out on top with an average rating of 53.9 marks.

The FTU was ranked top last year, while top place the year before was taken by the CTU. The CTU was also top between 2003 and 2004.

The Article 45 Concern Group's successor, the Civic Party, came in third with an average rating of 50.2.

The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood was ranked fourth overall, followed by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party.

The League of Social Democrats ranked eighth, with 42.3 marks.

There were 1,004 respondents in the survey with an overall sampling error of plus or minus 1.6 per cent.

Sticking together

The most popular political organisations in Hong Kong are the trade union groups, according to an HKU survey

Of these, the Federation of Trade Unions was the most popular. Out of 100 marks it scored: 52.8