Kwai Tsing Container Terminals

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.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 5:45am

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

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

Dock workers' strike stakes rise as others join the action

The dockers and their supporters march to Cheung Kong Center in their bid to get the port operator to raise their pay. Photo: Sam Tsang

As the strike entered its 11th day, the 500 dock workers on strike marched with their supporters from Causeway Bay's Victoria Park to Central's Cheung Kong Center - where tycoon Li Ka-shing works - and then on to the government's Tamar headquarters in Admiralty.

8 Apr 2013 - 9:46am 3 comments

The low pay, long hours and new demands facing Hong Kong's dockers

Staffs officers stand guard as dockers at Kwai Chung Container Terminal enter their 9th day of strike demanding better wages and working conditions. Photo: Edward Wong

Since hundreds of dock workers downed tools 11 days ago at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals to press their case for a 17 per cent pay rise, their action has brought into sharp focus the dire conditions many of them have to endure daily.

7 Apr 2013 - 6:47am 1 comment

Striking dockers will talk to contractors if port operator attends

Lee Cheuk-yan (centre) and dockers protest. Photo: Nora Tam

Their bottom line for negotiations to start, they said last night, was to meet representatives from Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) along with contractors Everbest Port Services, Global Stevedoring Services and Pui Kee Stevedore Company.

7 Apr 2013 - 10:12am 4 comments

Time to step in on Hong Kong dock strike

Support groups protest outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal to support dock workers. Photo: Edward Wong

Shenzhen's competition with Hong Kong as the world's third-busiest container port can only get tougher, which adds to the worry of the dockers' walkout over a wage dispute that has disrupted the operations of Hong Kong International Terminals, and forced traders who depend on it for supplies to think of alternatives.

5 Apr 2013 - 6:10pm 2 comments

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Benny Tai Yiu-ting proposed the 'Occupy Central' mass protest plan. Photo: Felix Wong

On Beijing's warning to pan-democrats over possible mass protests, and the dock workers' dispute in Hong Kong.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am

Market food rots as shipments slow in strike

Dock workers rest at Kwai Tsing container terminal six. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Concern grew yesterday among logistics businesses and shoppers over a strike at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, amid slowing goods shipments. While container truck drivers reported that waiting times had as much as tripled, fruit sellers said a growing amount of Southeast Asian produce was rotten by the time it reached the markets.

2 Apr 2013 - 4:29am

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

Terminal operator seeks court order to end strike

Dock workers rest at Kwai Tsing container terminal six yesterday. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A port operator at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals is seeking an injunction to force hundreds of dockers back to work as their strike for a pay rise entered its fourth day.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Strike at Kwai Tsing container terminal set to escalate

Workers on strike at Kwai Tsing terminal yesterday. They are demanding a 17 per cent pay rise and say their salaries have been raised just once in 15 years. Photo: Edward Wong

Amid heavy rain, about 300 stevedores picketed a terminal roundabout as negotiations over pay with the contractors employing them remained stalled. The workers are seeking a 17 per cent pay rise, saying their wages have increased only once over the past 15 years.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:48am 1 comment

Dockers vow to continue strike

The workers march to the offices of Everbest and Comcheung. The Union of Hong Kong Dockers said the number of striking workers was growing. Photo: Edward Wong

Dock workers vowed to stay on strike until their demands were met, some recalling how they worked at the terminal for as long as seven days without rest. About 200 strikers continued to block a section of the Kwai Tsing container terminals as their strike entered the second day yesterday. A further 100 crane operators joined them last night.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:51am 1 comment

Dock workers strike for higher pay

Workers protest over a wage dispute at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

More than 100 dock workers protested and went on strike at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals yesterday, seeking a 17 per cent pay rise. They said their wages had been raised only once in the past 15 years, and inflation was making it hard for them to make ends meet. 

29 Mar 2013 - 5:40am