Hongkong International Terminals

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

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

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

Shipping industry hit hard by dock strike

Container handlers stand idle

While the dockers strike is costing Hongkong International Terminals a reported HK$5 million a day, the actual cost of the dispute is costing the maritime and logistics industry much more as ships and cargo are diverted to other ports.

27 Apr 2013 - 3:16pm

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

'You are trespassers,' Cheung Kong tells dock strikers

Cheung Kong Center issued a notice to try to kick out strikers in Central. Photo: David Wong

Cheung Kong put up notices around the dock strike’s base in Central on Thursday, urging the workers to leave or risk being criminally prosecuted.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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

Striking dockers to adjust their '20pc pay rise' bottom line

Union of Hong Kong Dockers spokesman Stanley Ho. Photo: Edward Wo

The union representing the 450 striking dockers says it will come up with a new bottom line in the next couple of days in a bid for a "breakthrough" in the workers' weeks-long walkout.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:05am 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

Dockers offer a different viewpoint

Stevedores Yu Wai-wing and Lam Wai-yin. Photo: Felix Wong

Three non-striking dockers from two contractors broke their silence yesterday in an interview arranged by strike-hit port operator Hongkong International Terminals, saying their working conditions are not as bad as the strikers say they are.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:33am

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

Dockers drive home the message to Li Ka-shing

Dockers and their relatives release balloons as they protest outside Li Ka-shing's home in Deep Water Bay yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Striking dock workers wanted to make sure their "ultimate boss" heard their calls, shifting their protest from outside billionaire Li Ka-shing's headquarters to his home.

22 Apr 2013 - 12:51pm 6 comments

Hutchison Whampoa attacks unionist lawmaker in first comments on dockers' strike

Slogans are daubed on the outside of a striking docker's tent at Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Center in Central. Photo: Sam Tsang

Tensions over the dockers' strike rose further yesterday as Canning Fok Kin-ning, one of Li Ka-shing's top lieutenants, publicly slammed unionist lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am 11 comments

Beleaguered dock contractor to close down

Dock workers press their demands outside Hutchison House in Central yesterday. The property belongs to Li Ka-shing, owner of strike-hit port operator HIT. Photo: David Wong

A dock contractor at the centre of a weeks-old pay dispute dropped a bombshell on striking dockers yesterday, announcing it would put up the shutters after June 30.

Global Stevedoring Service said it could not keep up its business any more with about three-quarters of its 170 dockers on strike for 22 days - and counting.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:44am 6 comments