40 days on, dockers reflect on fight for dignity

A small group still camps out at the Cheung Kong Center in Central yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Before March 28, they were just a bunch of contract dockers at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals who were dissatisfied with their wages and conditions but had never made their voices heard. That day they told themselves they had had enough and walked out on strike - not realising the industrial action would last for 40 days.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 5:56am 2 comments

Most dockers in favour of pay offer, says union

Strikers are making their presence felt in Central. Photo: Dickson Lee

Some 66 per cent of the nearly 200 dockers polled in the past two days back the 9.8 per cent offer, which was made on Friday night, the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions said.

6 May 2013 - 7:21am 2 comments

Hong Kong dockers reject 9.8pc pay rise offer as Dutch arrive to show support

Striking dockers yesterday voted to reject a pay rise offer from their employers in Hong Kong's longest-running industrial dispute. Strike leaders are holding out for double-digit wage rises and improved working conditions. Photo: Sam Tsang

Leaders of the strike at the Kwai Tsing container terminals, now the longest in Hong Kong industrial relations history, said the offer - made on Friday - fell short of the double-digit pay rise they wanted and did not cover issues involving working conditions which are also in dispute.

5 May 2013 - 6:58pm 11 comments

Striking dockers agree to meet key contractor alone

A striking docker protesting outside the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals accuses port operator HIT of shirking responsibility. Photo: Felix Wong

The Union of Hong Kong Dockers had insisted it would not resume talks if they were only with contractor Everbest Port Services on March 28. But union spokesman Stanley Ho Wai-hong yesterday said they were willing to go back to the negotiating table with Everbest in an attempt to break the deadlock.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:59am

Contractor Hung Key Cheong Yip denies illegal asbestos removal

A contractor involved in the demolition of three buildings has denied breaking the law on the handling of asbestos.

Hung Key Cheong Yip yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges that it had failed to hire a registered asbestos remover or give at least 28 days' notice about the work, as required by the Air Pollution Control Ordinance.

4 Sep 2012 - 11:12am

Check out contractors

Choosing the right contractor for home renovations is a crucial first step.

One option is the Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA), which provides a resource for those wondering who to contact, according to Timothy Cheng, an interior designer and architect, who is also chairman of public relations for the HKIDA, and owner of TiRon Interior Architecture.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lofty ideal

Interior designer Candace Campos and her client Alison Smith immediately saw the potential of three office units in Sheung Wan, with their high ceilings, spaciousness and windows on three sides.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Firm told to pay for bypass damage

The government is claiming HK$320,000 from a contractor on the Central-Wan Chai Bypass whom it blames for causing gaps that appeared in the Island Eastern Corridor expressway in January.

The contractor did not take enough care in excavation work near the Tin Hau section of the flyover along the northern shoreline of Hong Kong Island, a consultant says after an investigation.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Lawmakers set Tamar deadline

Lawmakers have set a deadline of August 10 for the contractor to finish interior work at the legislature's new home in Admiralty, which is behind schedule, or they will delay moving in. They also demanded the government improve walkways to the new building and provide more space for the public to demonstrate outside.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Escalator closed as builder hunts for fault

The city's longest outdoor mid-air escalator, which began operating at the Hong Kong Design Institute in Tiu Keng Leng in September, will be closed indefinitely until its builder can explain why some of its steps became dislodged this week.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Four in hospital after inhaling toxic gas

An investigation has begun into an accident in which four workers were taken to hospital - one in critical condition - after inhaling toxic gas in a sewage treatment plant at Stonecutters Island yesterday. They had been preparing to repair a centrifuge when they were overcome by gas at about 2.30pm. Three workers were found unconscious.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am

Worker killed as tower collapses

An abandoned rock-crushing tower in a Sau Mau Ping quarry site collapsed while being dismantled yesterday, killing one worker and injuring two others.

23 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Contractor almost loses fingers in knife attack

A 60-year-old contractor had two fingers almost severed and suffered cuts to his legs in a knife attack by two men after he parked his car near a construction site at the Hong Kong Sports Institute in Sha Tin at about 9.30am yesterday. The attackers, in their 30s, fled on bicycles before police arrived. The victim was treated at Prince of Wales Hospital.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Bid to sell mansion parts criticised

The public should ignore an online offer to sell parts detached from the historic King Yin Lei mansion for millions of dollars, the Development Bureau says.

The internet sale was posted by a contractor hired to deface the Stubbs Road mansion two years ago. The bureau urged the contractor, Leung Tao-hang, to donate the parts to help restore the monument.

4 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Lift-plunge incident must not be repeated

Lifts are a convenience we take for granted in a city such as ours. Thankfully, the government does not, however: it has in place laws that require regular checks and maintenance of the more than 47,000 elevators that are a necessity for high-rise living and working.

5 Nov 2008 - 12:00am