New World First Bus workers cancel strike

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 August, 2009, 12:00am

New World First Bus drivers and technicians have cancelled a planned strike called for Friday, after the company agreed to review fringe benefits for contract staff.

New World First Bus Staff Company Union chairman Chung Chung-fai said the proposed strike was aimed at fighting for better medical and fringe benefits for 200 contract employees.

After a five-hour meeting with management and delegates from the labour and transport departments, he said: 'As the company has now promised to discuss the issue ... I feel that it has shown its sincerity this time ... we don't want to affect the public.'

He said they would accept the pay rise offer and bonus, which he said was not 'so much different' from the union's proposal. It had sought a 2 per cent rise, but lowered it to 1.8 per cent after the initial demand was rejected.

New World First Bus and its sister company Citybus offered a 1.6 per cent pay rise and a one-off bonus of HK$250 last month. Four of the five unions at both firms accepted the offer.