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).

Striking dock workers at a port operator backed by Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing failed to reach a deal for higher pay, prolonging a dispute that could cost the city its position as the world's third-largest container port. Photo: Reuters

Port workers' strike only reflects growing discontent in Hong Kong

What is fascinating about the port workers' strike is the way in which it has escalated and the public response to it. Strikes are a rarity in Hong Kong. Usually, they are quickly settled and only involve the parties to the dispute. This one is different.

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