Dock strike

Letters to the Editor, May 17, 2013

Lu Ping's appeal makes perfect sense. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Blame tycoons, not dockers, for social ills

Joyce Hung says that the logistics sector has been hurt by the dockers' strike and says we all have a responsibility to try to create a harmonious community ("'Success' for strikers has hurt society", May 10).

Friday, 17 May, 2013, 3:17am 2 comments

Outsourcing makes sense if the workers are treated fairly

Unionists cheer dockers on their first day back at the port. Photo: Edward Wong

The recent strike by Hong Kong dock workers again highlighted the practice of outsourcing. Critics say this method of subcontracting the supply of particular types of workers to an employer leads to exploitation, or at least unfairness. Yet the practice is widespread; two organisations I am connected with do it. It seems to me that a lot depends on an organisation's motives.

17 May 2013 - 3:17am

Talking points

Lights, camera, action for Cannes festival

Lights, camera, action for Cannes festival

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

Superman Li hits Kryptonite in hotel deal

Li Ka-shing. Photo: AFP

Many people think it took the Securities and Futures Commission to put the fear of God into Cheung Kong and force it to cancel its dodgy sales of hotel suites at Apex Horizon. I rather think we have the cargo dockers to thank.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am 10 comments

Changed social landscape emerges from dock strike

Unionists cheer dockers on their first day back at the port. Photo: Edward Wong

Who won the port strike? As ever, this kind of question has no simple answer but, such as they are, the answers are more interesting than might be imagined.

11 May 2013 - 2:35am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, May 10, 2013

Dock workers may lose out in the long run. Photo: Felix Wong

'Success' for strikers has hurt society

I am glad to hear that the strike by dockworkers has come to an end following their acceptance of a 9.8 per cent pay rise.

I did not share any feelings of euphoria over their so-called victory.

Our logistics industry, one of the major pillars of Hong Kong's economy, faces major challenges from other ports in the region.

10 May 2013 - 4:43am 2 comments

What the dock strike revealed about city's mood

Over 300 striking dock workers attended a general meeting in Wan Chai. Photo: David Wong

Thankfully, the dockers' strike is finally over. After a last-minute change of heart, workers agreed to accept a lower-than-expected pay rise of 9.8 per cent, putting an end to a 40-day walkout, the city's longest since the handover. The settlement shows that with good will and compromise on both sides, disputes can be resolved.

8 May 2013 - 3:20am 1 comment

Who said it?

Li Ka-shing

It was not just a fight for a wage increase, it was a fight for dignity and respect

Worker Ng Siu-keung on the 40-day strike that saw dockers take on tycoon Li Ka-shing


I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years. And I'm here. I'm free now

Amanda Berry, on an emergency call


8 May 2013 - 3:20am

Letters to the Editor, May 3, 2013

Poor Man's Nightclub food stall in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Let's all help keep unique street culture

I refer to your editorial ("Greed is killing best of old HK", April 23).

You talk of luxury mall operators, developers and landlords destroying what makes our city unique and interesting.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am 1 comment

What's being said on

Li Ka-shing is seen depicted with vampire fangs and devil horns, as a dock worker raises a clenched fist outside the offices of Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest tycoon. Photo: EPA

On asylum seekers protesting against screening process in HK:

Law Hin Lau - Why must they seek political asylum in Hong Kong, not our neighbouring jurisdictions? They must understand that we are under Chinese rule, no longer British rule.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment

Port operator HIT seeks to clarify 'misleading' ad from strikers

Striking dock workers are demanding a pay rise. Photo: Sam Tsang

The strike-hit port operator placed its third advertisement in newspapers on Tuesday, saying it needed to offer “the truth behind twisted remarks” earlier made by the strike organiser.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong dock labour dispute takes fight to newspaper pages

Dock workers and their families release balloons tied with slogans during a protest outside the residence of tycoon Li Ka-shing on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Dock workers and the strike-hit port operator both placed advertisements in several newspapers on Monday as the labour dispute has stretched on for nearly a month.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Striking dockers set up camp on Li Ka-shing's doorstep

Police officers stand by outside Cheung Kong Center in Central on Wednesday. Photo: Joyce Man

A few hours after they set up tents outside the building's main entrance in Central, contractor Global Stevedoring Service said in a statement it "honestly cannot offer [the] 20 per cent rise" demanded by the strikers.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am