Dock workers

Subcontracting is not immoral

Striking dockers protest against Cheung Kong's attempt to seek an injunction. Photo: Felix Wong

I refer to Tony Yuen's letter ("Bosses' greed the real villain in strike fallout", May 18). Mr Yuen said that the Hong Kong's logistics industry has weakened over the past two decades as a result of rising terminal operating costs and the "raised terminal charges" by the terminal operators.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 2:32am 1 comment

New kid on the dock Stanley Ho makes strike history

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Before March 28, few outside the shipyards of Hong Kong had heard of Stanley Ho Wai-hong. Then the dockers walked out. It was to become one of the longest strikes in the city's history, and Stanley Ho was at its helm.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

CY Leung rejects collective bargaining as union tool

Unionists including Stanley Ho (left) cheer dockers on their first day back at the port. Photo: Edward Wong

A collective bargaining law would not help the working class if the economy did not look good, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday. He was replying to unionist lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan's query in the Legislative Council's question-and-answer session.

10 May 2013 - 5:58am

Dockers to return to work amid post-strike dispute

A small group of dockers continue to camp outside the Cheung Kong Center yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

The first batch of more than 300 dockers who were on strike will report back to work today, but arrangements for the remaining 108 have still to be settled.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

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.

8 May 2013 - 5:56am 2 comments

Everyone a loser after Hong Kong dock strike ends

Strike end sees all involved as losers

No one emerged as a winner from the 40-day dockers strike, with the workers failing to get the raise they demanded and the port operator involved suffering a tarnished image, analysts said.

8 May 2013 - 8:51am

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

80 more dockers join strike as fresh talks fail

Dock workers gather under a shelter outside the container terminals. Photo: Felix Wong

More than 80 dockers have walked off the job to join the industrial action that enters its 40th day on Monday as the fifth round of talks involving the strikers, a main contractor and the port operator ended without progress.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

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.

2 May 2013 - 7:29am

Talks hint at end to strike by Hong Kong dockers

Unionist Stanley Ho (right) at the meeting between workers and contractors at the Labour Department's offices. Photo: Sam Tsang

Emerging from seven-and-a-half hours of talks, Union of Hong Kong Dockers spokesman Stanley Ho Wai-hong accused Everbest Port Services of being insincere.

1 May 2013 - 5:14am

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

Dockers struck on heads by falling crane part

Cranes handling cargo containers at Kwai Chung Container Terminal. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Two dockers were taken to hospital last night after a lump of iron fell on their heads at the strike-hit Kwai Tsing container port.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:50am

Striking dock workers are pawns in dissident campaign

Striking dock workers stage a protest outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal. Photo: Felix Wong

Industrial action is a powerful weapon during an economic upturn or in a rising industry because the employers have a lot to lose with any stoppage. This single factor accounts for the frequent and successful industrial action in the local airlines.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 4 comments

Get back to talks in Hong Kong dock dispute

Members of Maritime Union Of Australia join striking dock workers of Kwai Chung Container Terminal in protest from the terminal to Labour Department's office in Kwai Chung. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Patience is wearing thin as the strike at the container terminal has dragged on for weeks without any sign of coming to an end. Over the weekend, the situation worsened after bosses and unionists stepped up attacks against each other. The escalating tension is not just counter-productive to negotiations, it also risks provoking public anger against the rich and powerful if the consortium behind the scenes continues to stay away. Instead of trading insults through the media, the parties concerned should talk and try to compromise. The deadlock is best resolved with cool heads rather than finger pointing.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 1 comment