Kwai Tsing dock workers strike

On March 28, 2013, dock workers at Kwai Tsing took industrial action seeking a 17 per cent pay rise. The port is operated by Hongkong International Terminals (HIT).

Hongkong International Terminals dockers offered 10pc pay rise

Hongkong International Terminals dockers offered 10pc pay rise

Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their pay go up by 10.1 per cent from next month.

Monday, 14 April, 2014, 6:21am

Port operator's pay guarantee to dockers

A crane operator shows off an updated operating cabin at Hongkong International Terminals' Kwai Fong port. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The city's largest port operator announced it would guarantee all dockers hired by subcontractors would get a pay rise higher than the inflation rate in the wake of last year's strike.

17 Mar 2014 - 5:05am

Sacked dockers cry foul over 'unfair' dismissal

Two sacked workers - (back row, from left) Mr Ng and Wong Kin-ming - and another Pui Kee employee, Ho Yik-wing (front). Photo: Sam Tsang

Three dockers have been laid off unfairly after they took part in a 40-day strike at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, the Union of Hong Kong Dockers claims.

30 May 2013 - 3:01am 2 comments

Hong Kong injunctions balanced striking dock worker, landowner rights

Striking dock workers put pictures of Victor Li Tzar-kuoi and his father Li Ka-shing at Cheung Kong Center in Central to voice their discontent over the poor working conditions in Kwai Chung Container Terminal. Photo: Edward Wong

During the recent 40-day dock-workers strike, owners of the Kwai Chung Container Terminal and the Cheung Kong Centre applied to the Court for interlocutory injunctions to restrict named and unnamed individuals from demonstrating on their land.

29 May 2013 - 2:51am

April cargo decline points to 'structural problem'

The strike at the Kwai Chung terminals contributed to the 12 per cent drop in last month's container throughput. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The 12 per cent slide in Hong Kong's container throughput last month underpinned a structural problem exacerbated by a strike at one of the terminals last month, a port operator said.

17 May 2013 - 6:22am

Kwai Tsing port business suffers 'huge' 11pc drop from dockers' strike

The striking dockers protest in Admiralty on May Day. Photo: EPA

The longest strike in Hong Kong's history caused a "huge" drop of almost 11 per cent in container volume at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals last month.

Port operator Hongkong International Terminals - the target of the dock workers' 40-day strike which ended after they accepted a 9.8 per cent pay rise - said its operations had returned to normal.

16 May 2013 - 3:40am

New kid on the dock Stanley Ho makes strike history

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Before March 28, few outside the shipyards of Hong Kong had heard of Stanley Ho Wai-hong. Then the dockers walked out. It was to become one of the longest strikes in the city's history, and Stanley Ho was at its helm.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

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.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

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.

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

Striking dockers, unionists won't be removed - yet

Unionist Stanley Ho Wai-hong leaves the High Court. Photo: Sam Tsang

The decision came just hours before the Kwai Tsing port workers accepted a 9.8 per cent pay rise offered by four dock contractors and announced an end to their 40-day walkout.

7 May 2013 - 6:14am

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.

7 May 2013 - 5:44am

Most dockers in favour of pay offer, says union

Strikers are making their presence felt in Central. Photo: Dickson Lee

Some 66 per cent of the nearly 200 dockers polled in the past two days back the 9.8 per cent offer, which was made on Friday night, the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions said.

6 May 2013 - 7:21am 2 comments

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

Contractors make striking Hong Kong dockers 9.8pc 'last offer'

Striking dockers march to court in protest against Cheung Kong's attempt to seek an injunction yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

The contractors - Everbest Port Services, Pui Kee Stevedore Company, Lem Wing Transportation and Comcheung Human Resources - said they would not engage in more talks over the pay dispute.

4 May 2013 - 5:46am