A long-awaited meeting between striking dock workers and their employers set up by the Labour Department broke down before it even started. The dock workers, who have been on strike since last Thursday, are asking for a pay rise from their employers, which are contractors under Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), a subsidiary of billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa.Thursday, 4 April, 2013, 11:34pm
HIT was standing by its claim that it had nothing to do with the employment of contract workers, whose strike is now entering its second week. But unions countered with information they said showed otherwise.4 Apr 2013 - 12:28pm 2 comments
Shops selling food are looking for alternative sources of supply and delivery options as a strike by dockers enters its second week. The work ban by staff at the Kwai Tsing container terminals has already caused delays in overseas food delivery.4 Apr 2013 - 12:27pm
A Beijing-loyalist alliance of trade unions has stayed silent throughout the week-old walkout at the Kwai Tsing container terminals because of vested interests with some of the port contractors, striking workers have alleged.4 Apr 2013 - 12:15pm 6 comments
The strike at the Kwai Tsing terminals could further jeopardise Hong Kong's ranking among the world's leading container ports, according to shippers and an industry spokesman.3 Apr 2013 - 5:37am 1 comment
For some dock workers, toiling shift after shift at the container terminals without a break and for days at a time has not just left them exhausted; it has also cost them their family life.
"It makes you really grumpy, and you have no choice but to vent your emotions on your family," one divorced worker said. "Sometimes that means violence."3 Apr 2013 - 5:45am
The pay dispute embroiling striking dockers and port operators has grown into a wider movement with dozens of groups coming forward at the Kwai Chung container terminals, partly thanks to campaigns on social networks.3 Apr 2013 - 5:43am
The strike-hit port operator said it had looked into dock workers' pay for the past decade and dismissed claims they are paid less now than a decade ago. But the strike organiser branded the remarks by Hongkong International Terminals' (HIT) managing director Gerry Yim Lui-fai yesterday as "ridiculous", and questioned whether he had really looked at the records.3 Apr 2013 - 5:44am
Striking dock workers on Tuesday morning rejected an ultimatum sent by their employers demanding that they return to work and end their protest outside the Kwai Chung Container Terminal.
The strike by the dock workers for higher pay has entered its sixth day with no signs of it easing.2 Apr 2013 - 6:43pm
Hundreds of striking dock workers and their supporters ended their occupation of the Kwai Tsing container terminal last night after its operators won an injunction against 14 unionists and any other unauthorised demonstrators entering the site.2 Apr 2013 - 4:52am 2 comments