Bus drivers protest over new pay packages at KMB
Dozens of bus drivers staged a protest in front of Kowloon Motor Bus headquarters in Lai Chi Kok yesterday against what they called an unfair remuneration package. The drivers, who represent about 2,000 contract drivers, said the bus company had lowered the basic salary and eliminated bonuses in new contracts for drivers. The Motor Transport Workers General Union said the bus company failed to satisfy its demands at a meeting yesterday. A spokesman for KMB said that with increasing competition from other modes of transportation, the drivers' demands would cause difficulties for the company. He said another meeting would be held in a month. The union, which represents 6,000 drivers out of 8,000 drivers in KMB, said that it had not ruled out industrial action.
Travel agent pleads guilty to accepting kickbacks
A Malaysian travel agent accepted HK$297,138 in kickbacks from listed jewellery chain Tse Sui Luen as rewards for taking tour groups to its stores, the District Court heard yesterday. Malaysian Kevin Clarence Peterson, 59, a former travel agent with Concorde Travel, pleaded guilty yesterday to accepting an advantage. The court heard that between May 2002 and May 2005, a manager at Tse Sui Luen offered Peterson the commissions based on the number of tourists he brought to the chain's stores and the value of purchases made. Peterson was released on bail until November 1 for sentencing, pending a background report. Deputy judge Bina Chainrai warned imprisonment was likely for such an offence.
Woman, 79, hit by taxi critical
A woman, 79, was fighting for her life last night after being knocked down by a taxi in Mong Kok. She suffered head injuries when she was hit by the taxi at the junction of Prince Edward Road West and Embankment Road at 6am. She was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital and later transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was in a critical condition. Police said the driver passed a breathalyser test.
Water inspector jailed for bribes
Kwok Yan-tak, 59, consumer services inspector from the Water Supplies Department, was sentenced to a year in prison by Kwun Tong court for taking HK$75,000 in bribes from plumber Ma King-tsang, 49. Ma, proprietor of Po Wo Engineering Company, received a 14-month sentence for offering advantages to Kwok.