Strike threat after Haeco talks collapse

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 October, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 October, 1999, 12:00am


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AIRCRAFT engineering workers last night threatened to resume industrial action after pay talks broke down.

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (Haeco) bosses told staff their demands over new pay arrangements could not be accepted.

'We have been asked not to change the pay rules again in the next four years,' managing director Chan Ping-kit said. 'Four years is a long time and we cannot be certain of market conditions that far down the road.' Workers' demands on the introduction of new allowances and amendments to other aspects of the new pay rules also were rejected.

The company only promised staff their consent would be sought in the event of redeployment to associated companies.

The Haeco employees' union said it was disappointed. It insists the new pay rules will hurt worker morale and it will not rule out asking members to strike again.

A week ago, about 600 workers supported the union's call and staged a four-day walkout to protest against the package.

They had been asked to accept it or take voluntary redundancy by November 15.