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Kwai Tsing dock workers strike

On March 28, 2013, dock workers at Kwai Tsing took industrial action seeking a 17 per cent pay rise. The port is operated by Hongkong International Terminals (HIT).

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Dockers drive home the message to Li Ka-shing

Striking workers try to get billionaire's attention chanting and waving placards outside his house

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 April, 2013, 12:51pm
 

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Striking dock workers wanted to make sure their "ultimate boss" heard their calls yesterday, shifting their protest from outside billionaire Li Ka-shing's headquarters to his home.

The usually sleepy corner of Deep Water Bay was overtaken by about 60 dockers, their families and unionists, who spent the morning chanting slogans. Some waved placards, reading: "Grandpa Ka-shing, where are you? Pay us!"

Some of the protesters said they were hoping Li would respond directly to their demands.

But it was not to be - Li had earlier been spotted playing golf nearby.

Asia's richest man, Li is the chairman of Hutchison Whampoa, the parent company of Kwai Tsing port operator Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), whose contractors employ the 450 striking dockers.

Strike organiser Stanley Ho Wai-hong, of the Union of Hong Kong Dockers, called for Li to be a "boss with a conscience" and put an end to the dispute which began on March 28.

The union wants a 17 to 24 per cent pay rise for all workers.

And more action is planned if the pay rise is not forthcoming, Ho said, without elaborating.

Yesterday's protest, on day 25 of the strike, came after a high-profile attack on a unionist lawmaker by Hutchison Whampoa group managing director Canning Fok Kin-ning. Fok claimed Lee Cheuk-yan was not genuinely seeking a good outcome for the workers, and said that the strike tactics were similar to those used during the Cultural Revolution. His was the first public comment on the strike from Hutchison.

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung would not comment on Fok's remarks yesterday, saying that the government had to remain an "impartial mediator" in such disputes.

He was unsure when the next meeting between the union and company representatives would be, but said that "only when all parties show sincerity" could the negotiations move forward.

Separately, an alliance of about 20 people from a number of concern groups supported the striking dockers by sticking up fliers in Mong Kok yesterday.

They plastered fliers of Li's face and the words "anti-monopoly" on the doors of several shops owned by Li's Hutchison - including electrical appliance retailer Fortress and telecommunications company Three.

The protesters also chanted slogans outside the shops, calling on Hongkongers to boycott any businesses owned by Li.

"We want to use this action to let more people know that this is a war on Li," said one of the protesters, Lee Chak-man.

"They need to know that they are being exploited by the capitalists in their life every day," Lee said.

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hard times !
the vile Li family and their right-handed man like Canning Fok Kin-ling and Yam Yui-fei should be condemned publicly for their shamelessness and indifference towards the plights of the dockers on strike ! Right ?
hard times !
While these striking dockers and their families were staging a protest outside Li Ka-shing's grand mansion in Deep Water Bay,the richest guy in Asia was playing golf nearby.How could he hear their voices and demands: Pay us ! grandpa Ka-shing ! 'Getting money in a decent way ? ' ' In my eyes,richness is just like floating clouds ! ' How ironic it is ! Right ? Now he only said that he wouldn't utter a single word on the strike-----------totally indifferent and inhumane towards the plights of the striking dockers and their families !!
lamlm38
the Lees are BJ's dogs.. thats why they behave like commie bast@@@
aplucky1
the PRESS Needs to step up and shame these vile animals
the west have the same amount of greedy dogs but they fear bad press
here they dont
Byebye
The King of Hong Kong can buy the whole place,,including the Press! Dockers need help from outside source.
relevantparties
IMF and World Bank put HK's GDP Per Capita at $36,667 and $34,457 USD and yet in terms of a wealth gap we rank worse than mainland China as the World Bank puts us at 53.3 and China at 47.0. We have pitiful minimum wage legislation for the current development level of our economy in comparison to others of similar standing and worse labour protection than many cities now in the mainland. After all, local governments in the mainland are actively adjusting up minimum wages, defining maximum hours, etc. In terms of quality of life, unless you are on the positive side of that wealth gap in HK, your children grow-up with a better relationship with the domestic helper than with their own parents (if one can be afforded), knowing only school at day and well school or some other skill or academic related development program at night. I never heard of student suicide due to pressure in education until I came here. The only reason why HK has such a large and unfortunately insufficient public housing program is because of the decades of unjustly low salaries paid by its employers. This is a city where few employees actually get to appreciate a 5 day work week except for those employed here on foreign contracts (i.e. non-locals). Companies like this get away with it because our administration let's it happen. Attention should be placed on departments like the Labour Department to actually start doing a better job and improving the quality of life of real Hong Kong people.

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