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).

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.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:40am

Talks hint at end to strike by Hong Kong dockers

Unionist Stanley Ho (right) at the meeting between workers and contractors at the Labour Department's offices. Photo: Sam Tsang

Emerging from seven-and-a-half hours of talks, Union of Hong Kong Dockers spokesman Stanley Ho Wai-hong accused Everbest Port Services of being insincere.

1 May 2013 - 5:14am

Leave political grandstanding out of negotiations over dockers' dispute

Risky tactics

After decades of investment and growth that once established it as the largest port facility in the world, the port of Hong Kong now risks losing business and its global leadership to competitors from Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and mainland China.

30 Apr 2013 - 5:35am 5 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

Striking dockers make surprise march to Government House

Participants in last night's unannounced demonstration are stopped by police as they mark the first month of the strike. Photo: David Wong

The striking dockers last night made an unannounced move to mark their walkout's first month by marching to Government House, although their target, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, had yet to return from his Beijing trip.

27 Apr 2013 - 4:24am 1 comment

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

Hutchison attacks striking dockers over ‘class struggle’

Striking dock workers stand in front of a defaced image of Li Ka-shing during a protest on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Tycoon Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa on Friday accused unionists and dock workers of making their strike a “class struggle” against the rich and not genuinely seeking a pay rise.

Hutchison singled out unionist Lee Cheuk-yan, the Confederation of Trade Unions and the Union of Hong Kong Dockers for condemnation in a statement published in several Chinese-language newspapers.

26 Apr 2013 - 7:58pm 3 comments

No chanting, no entering Cheung Kong, court tells protesting dockers

A defaced portrait of Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing is placed outside Cheung Kong Centre. Photo: AP

Cheung Kong on Friday afternoon obtained an injunction against demonstrators outside its Central headquarters, barring them from entering the office tower but permitting them to protest outside.

26 Apr 2013 - 6:12pm

Letters to the Editor, April 26, 2013

Li Ka-shing's foundation is his 'third son'. Photo: Bloomberg

We regret that the article ("Attack on tycoons with no conscience", April 22) helped perpetuate stereotypes at the expense of truth. The Cheung Kong and Hutchison Whampoa groups - which are firmly rooted in Hong Kong - are a corporate family of 270,000 employees across 52 nations.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment

Li Ka-shing's flagship Cheung Kong asks court to drive out strikers

A striking docker protesting outside the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals accuses port operator HIT of shirking responsibility. Photo: Felix Wong

Mr Justice Derek Pang Wai-cheong, sitting in the Court of First Instance, said he would not hear the application in the absence of the demonstrators because it involved a constitutional right to demonstrate and freedom of expression.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:58am 6 comments

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

300 strikers can be replaced in 2 weeks, contractor Everbest warns

Striking dock workers surround the Cheung Kong Center in Central, claiming exploitation by the richest man in Asia. Photo: Felix Wong

A main dock contractor caught in the thick of a pay dispute at the Kwai Tsing port has hired 50 new dockers and is sure it can do without all 300 striking workers in two weeks, the company says.

25 Apr 2013 - 5:19am 8 comments

Dockers' supporters take protest to Li's corporate offices

Docker workers protest on Wednesday outside the Cheung Kong Center in Central where billionaire Li Ka-shing''s corporate offices are located. Photo: Felix Wong

More than 20 supporters of striking dock workers went undercover to evade security at the Cheung Kong Center and take the dockers’ grievances inside the corporate headquarters of billionaire property and telecoms tycoon Li Ka-shing on Wednesday.

24 Apr 2013 - 7:15pm