Confederation of Trade Unions

May Day marches draw thousands with Hong Kong dock strikers leading the charge

Unionists marched from Victoria Park to the government offices in Admiralty. Photo: Felix Wong

Truck drivers, domestic helpers, striking dockers - they came from different walks of life, but the thousands of people who joined yesterday's two Labour Day marches were united in their demand for better working conditions.

Thursday, 2 May, 2013, 7:29am

Dock contractor Everbest sweetens pay offer

Australian unionists join local strikers in a march from the Kwai Tsing port to the Labour Department’s office in Kwai Chung. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Tensions over a dockers' strike went down a notch yesterday as one of their contractor employers made several concessions, but no consensus has been reached yet. Organisers of the walkout would not intensify their industrial action for now, because contractor Everbest Port Services had demonstrated sincerity, said strike leader Stanley Ho Wai-hong, of the Confederation of Trade Unions.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:28am

Hong Kong dock worker strike muddied by politics

Kwai Tsing dock worker strike is muddied by politics. Photo: Edward Wong

The strike by dock workers at Kwai Tsing has caught international attention, as much for its impact on the region's container traffic as the rarity of such a long-running labour dispute in Hong Kong's free market economy.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 2 comments

Dockers' strike falls flat over unions' lack of unity

Bar-Benders sit-in protest against property developer Cheung Kong in 2007. Photo: Dustin Shum

As the strike drags on at Kwai Tsing, it appears the dockers are struggling to get union support for their fight for more pay - revealing the fractured state of the city's two key labour rights groups.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am 1 comment

Union plea for sacked driving instructors falls on deaf ears

Backers of the sacked men protest outside the Hong Kong School of Motoring. Photo: David Wong

Two sacked driving instructors will not be rehired by the Hong Kong School of Motoring because the company says it "cannot co-operate with them", according to a union leader who interceded on the duo's behalf yesterday.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:32am

Cathay Pacific cabin staff reflect the city's ethos

Dora Lai Yuk-sim (left), chairman of the Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants' Union, appears at Labour Department office in Wan Chai to negotiate with the airline. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong people admire those who stand up for themselves. There is plenty of admiration for anyone clever enough to get the best out of a negotiation and strive for a better standard of living. But when these attributes are applied to members of labour unions, somehow a completely different view is taken.

22 Dec 2012 - 1:57am 4 comments

Union grouping urges 7pc pay rise

The Confederation of Trade Unions found 65 per cent of the 350 workers it interviewed by telephone had wages frozen last year. The remainder had an average pay rise of about 2.7 per cent, outpaced by the November inflation rate of 2.9 per cent. The group urges a 7 per cent pay increase this year, allowing workers to share the fruits of economic development.

3 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

14 welfare groups to hand out rice

Fourteen welfare organisations, responding to the rising demand on food banks, will distribute 7.5 tonnes of rice to the needy in a joint initiative this week.

2 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Staff say longer hours mean poorer service

About 80 per cent of contract staff at public libraries said manpower shortages would reduce the quality of service when opening hours are extended next month, a Confederation of Trade Unions' poll found. Some 98 per cent of the 181 workers said more positions should be opened on civil service terms, with 90 per cent saying working on contract terms did not offer job security.

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Paltry rises of low-paid wiped out by inflation

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Bigger pay rises needed to offset inflation: union

A trade union group yesterday appealed for a pay rise of between 7 per cent and 8.1 per cent this year for the city's workforce, after a poll reflected concerns that salary increases might not offset inflation.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Bar benders end strike after deal on pay, hours

Bar benders called off their 36-day strike last night after their seventh round of talks with employers.

About 200 of the strikers voted unanimously, after a meeting between their representatives and contractors, to accept the latest offer of a daily wage of HK$860 for eight hours of work - a rise of 14.24 per cent.

13 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Forging a deal

More than a month ago, about 1,000 bar benders went on strike to push for better pay. Here's how the drama unfolded

Aug 8: Strike starts after contractors reject bar bender' demands to increase their daily wage from HK$800 to HK$950

Aug 10: More than 300 bar benders stage sit-in inside Yau Ma Tei MTR station during a typhoon

13 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Talks between contractors and striking bar benders delayed again

Negotiations between striking bar benders and employers to end a three-week strike were delayed for a second time when contractors postponed a union's call for a meeting yesterday.

However, the Labour Department said the two parties agreed to start a new round of talks at 5pm today at its Central headquarters.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

8-hour day for bar benders a sticking point

Contractors reluctant to change

Main contractors would stand to lose 20 to 40 working days on each construction project if they yielded to bar benders' demands to cut 15 minutes from their current working day of eight hours and 15 minutes.

29 Aug 2007 - 12:00am