Students from a school in Discovery Bay were among protesters  to descend on Hong Kong Disneyland on Sunday to demand outstanding severance and social security pay for workers at a Guangdong factory that manufactured Disney Japan toys.

The demonstration, timed to coincide with the theme park’s tenth anniversary, was also attended by employees from Mizutani (Shenzhen) Factory Company Ltd.

Close to 200 Mitzutani employees lost their jobs in June when factory owners, in the process of relocating their business to the Philippines, closed the operation without prior notice or compensation given to workers.

DC Labour Rights Group members. Photo: Around DB.

Lea Mahoudeau-Campoyer, a Year 13 student at Discovery College and founding member of the DC Labour Rights Group, told Around DB that “the old workers cannot find new jobs, and the boss owes them a huge sum of money including pensions and housing fund, as well as compensations which are mandatory in China law.”

Also present at the protest was lawmaker James To Kun-sun, representative for the Kowloon West constituency in the Legislative Council.

Discovery College is a private independent school operated by the English Schools Foundation in Discovery Bay, an upmarket development on Lantau Island popular with Hong Kong expatriates.

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Ryan Kilpatrick

Ryan Kilpatrick is a local writer, journalist and editor. Formerly National Online Editor for the That's magazine group in China, his work on the history and politics of the region has earned him the CEFC Award in Modern China Studies and has also appeared in China Economic Review, Asian Studies Review, China Green News, e-International Relations, Shanghaiist and various publications at his alma mater, the University of Hong Kong, where he is currently enrolled in the Master of Journalism programme.