Seamen made redundant
BILLY WONG WAI-YUK
Sixty seamen working on Jetfoils between Hong Kong and Macau were made redundant by Shun Tak Holdings yesterday following the retirement of two first-generation vessels.
The staff included cabin crew, sailors, engineering and operations support staff.
The move was to cut costs, said a company spokesman, with the reduced payroll expected to be $13 million annually.
'We will compensate the laid-off staff according to the relevant laws. So far, we've received no complaint,' said the spokesman.
Following withdrawal of the two oldest vessels last month, the company has 18 Jetfoils running between Hong Kong and Macau every day.