Strike ends after 40 days as dockers accept 9.8pc pay rise

Hundreds of striking dock workers vote in favour of accepting the pay offer at a meeting in Wan Chai yesterday. Photo: David Wong

The deadlock was broken when four contractors pledged to write the increase into their contracts and to improve conditions, one of the strike leaders said. Just two days ago, the strikers voted unanimously against a 9.8 per cent rise, insisting on a "double digit" increase. The salary rise will be backdated to May 1.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 5:44am

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

Talks between striking dockers and contractors break down

Ng Shu-ming and Dick Wong, representatives for the striking dock workers and Everbest Port Services. Photos: Felix Wong

Talks between striking Kwai Tsing dockers and two contractors that employ them broken down on Thursday with the contractors only willing to agree to a raise of about 7 per cent – a far cry from the 17 to 23 per cent the strikers are asking for.

11 Apr 2013 - 10:35pm

British union to discuss support for Hong Kong's striking dockers

British union to discuss support for Hong Kong's striking dockers

An international transport trade union representing 4.5 million workers worldwide has organised a meeting to discuss action in support of the Hong Kong dockers' strike. The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) yesterday arranged for union leaders from around the world to attend a two-day meeting in London next week to decide what they could do for the striking workers.

11 Apr 2013 - 12:17pm

Talks to end dock strike complicated by rival union camps

Wong Shiu-cheung, a striking docker and member of the Confederation of Trade Unions, gives his take on yesterday's negotiations. Photo: Felix Wong

The first day of talks to end the dockers' strike ran into complications when the unions involved tabled different demands, and contractors failed to reach consensus with any of them.

12 Apr 2013 - 8:53am 1 comment

Dockers face tough battle, veterans say

Striking dockers marching to Cheung Kong Centre in Central yesterday. The workers are also hoping for public support. Photo: Felix Wong

Dockers staging a strike at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals face a tougher battle than construction bar-benders, whose month-long action yielded a 14 per cent pay rise in 2007, veteran unionists say.

2 Apr 2013 - 4:26am