Kwai Tsing container terminal

Striking dock workers and contractors fail to meet

Union of Hong Kong Dockers spokesman Stanley Ho Wai-hong (centre) talks to the press on Thursday. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Port dispute with striking dockers deepens

League of Social Democrats protesters surround labour minister Matthew Cheung at a function yesterday. Photo: SCMP

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

Stores seek ways to get around dockers' strike

A banner tells the strikers outside the Kwai Tsing terminals to “"fight to the end". Photo: Felix Wong

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

Member of Beijing-loyalist FTU part of contractor's management

FTU lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin. Photo: Edmond So

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

Strike a threat to port's status, industry says

Two striking dock workers set up camp in Kwai Tsing, under a banner demanding that tycoon Li Ka-shing, whose Hutchison Whampoa conglomerate controls the nearby container terminals, should give them back their money. The strikers want a 17 per cent pay rise and say they have not received any increase for a decade. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

The grim life of a dock workhorse

Striker Ng Shu-ming

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

Dockers' plight rouses public support via Facebook

Strike organisers had collected about HK$600,000 to help dockers by last night. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

Port rejects dockers' pay claims

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

Dockers continue strike despite sacking threat

Dock workers and supporters occupy a road outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal on Tuesday, the sixth day of their strike for a pay rise. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

Judge orders striking workers to leave Kwai Tsing dock

Lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan addresses strikers and their supporters at the Kwai Tsing container terminal last night. Photo: Felix Wong

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