Vendors at a Christmas Bazaar at Kai Tak are likely to return to work today after a dispute with management was resolved. About 150 of the 200 vendors stayed on strike for a second day yesterday, demanding WorldEvents Limited stop charging the $10 entrance fee, which they said was preventing more people coming to the 30-day fair. On Wednesday, the company conceded to vendors' demand for five days' free rent - a 16 per cent cut - but refused to drop the entrance fee.
It said it had invested a substantial amount in the project and needed to make a return. Management said the fee was not unreasonable because attendance figures had been better than expected. But a vendors' spokeswoman said families had complained the fee was too steep. A company spokesman said last night that the vendors had agreed to the compromise and most would return to work today.