'You are trespassers,' Cheung Kong tells dock strikers
Cheung Kong put up notices around the dock strike’s base in Central on Thursday, urging the workers to leave or risk being criminally prosecuted.
The notices said part of the area outside Cheung Kong Center was private property. The area can be used by the public for passage, it said, but they are not allowed to occupy, obstruct or “cause a nuisance by erecting structures or placing other articles” there.
Since April 17, strikers have been camped out the corporate headquarters of Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa, the parent company of port operator Hongkong International Terminals (HIT). Workers are demanding a 17 per cent pay rise, citing inflation and exploitation.
“You are therefore trespassers and you must leave these areas immediately ... by noon today,” the notices said.
The notice warned that violators might be criminally prosecuted.
As well, Cheung Kong, through its subsidiary Turbo Top, filed a writ in the High Court on Thursday naming as defendant lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, and Union of Hong Kong Dockers members Ho Wai-hong, Chan Ka-kui, Wong Yu-loi, Mong Siu-tat and “persons forming a group of demonstrators” at its headquarters on Queen’s Road Central.
Cheung Kong is seeking an injunction to restrain the defendants from “entering into, occupying, remaining at or in any way trespassing in” the Cheung Kong Center and certain areas surrounding — and that they not put up any tents, canopies, tarpaulins or other temporary structures there.
It asks that the defendants be barred from interfering with, obstructing or causing nuisance to its or its tenants and visitors’ property, and their rights of way over the public and private roads leading to and within the site.
The company also wants the demonstrators to be banned from parading, protesting or demonstrating at the building and are asking that they not display defamatory notices, banners, placards or posters or use loudspeakers or broadcasting devices to cause nuisance or to interfere with its “reasonable occupation and quiet enjoyment” of the property.
It is also asking for compensation for the nuisance and trespass already committed by the defendants.
Earlier in the morning, the dockers staged a blockade that caused traffic delays on a road outside the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals. At least 50 trucks and cars were back up along Container Port Road South around 10.30am.