Kwai Tsing dock workers strike | South China Morning Post
  • Tue
  • Jan 27, 2015
  • Updated: 1:11am

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).

Port workers' strike only reflects growing discontent in Hong Kong

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

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.

Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 3:21am

Dockers take their protest to Li Ka-shing's offices

Docker protest outside the Cheung Kong Centre in Central, where billionaire Li Ka-shing, owner of the main operator of the Kwai Chung cargo terminal, has his offices.  Photo: David Wong

Striking dock workers on Friday staged a sit-in protest outside the offices of billionaire Li Ka-shing, the owner of the main operator of the Kwai Chung cargo terminal where they work.

About 60 workers unrolled banners and shouted slogans outside the Cheung Kong Centre in Central, where the billionaire property tycoon works, calling for Li to understand their need for a pay rise.

12 Apr 2013 - 7:35pm

Contractors offer striking Hong Kong dockers 7pc pay rise

Ng Shu-ming, one of the striking dockers, goes into a meeting at the Labour Department's office in Kwai Hing yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

Talks over a salary dispute at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals broke down yesterday as two contractors who employed the striking dockers agreed to a raise of only about 7 per cent - a far cry from the 17 to 24 per cent the workers have been demanding for more than two weeks.

12 Apr 2013 - 8:59am

Talks between striking dockers and contractors break down

Ng Shu-ming and Dick Wong, representatives for the striking dock workers and Everbest Port Services. Photos: Felix Wong

Talks between striking Kwai Tsing dockers and two contractors that employ them broken down on Thursday with the contractors only willing to agree to a raise of about 7 per cent – a far cry from the 17 to 23 per cent the strikers are asking for.

11 Apr 2013 - 10:35pm

VIDEO: Striking dockers reveal their shocking working conditions

Dockers at Kwai Tsing

Watch the video

11 Apr 2013 - 6:41pm

Shipping changes starting to take bite out of dock strike

Sunkist oranges go for HK$5 apiece, a dollar more than usual.

Wholesalers said Sunkist oranges, which are shipped in from the United States, were likely to continue selling at higher prices as produce from North and South America remained hit.

11 Apr 2013 - 7:34am

British union to discuss support for Hong Kong's striking dockers

British union to discuss support for Hong Kong's striking dockers

An international transport trade union representing 4.5 million workers worldwide has organised a meeting to discuss action in support of the Hong Kong dockers' strike. The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) yesterday arranged for union leaders from around the world to attend a two-day meeting in London next week to decide what they could do for the striking workers.

11 Apr 2013 - 12:17pm

Talks to end dock strike complicated by rival union camps

Wong Shiu-cheung, a striking docker and member of the Confederation of Trade Unions, gives his take on yesterday's negotiations. Photo: Felix Wong

The first day of talks to end the dockers' strike ran into complications when the unions involved tabled different demands, and contractors failed to reach consensus with any of them.

12 Apr 2013 - 8:53am 1 comment

Talks to end port strike will take time, says organiser Lee Cheuk-yan

Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan (right) protests outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal during strike demanding better wages and working conditions. Photo: Nora Tam

Long-awaited talks among striking dockers, two contractors and the affected port operator are due to be held today, but the union representing the workers doubts the dispute can be resolved in one sitting.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:18am 1 comment

Hong Kong dock worker strike muddied by politics

Kwai Tsing dock worker strike is muddied by politics. Photo: Edward Wong

The strike by dock workers at Kwai Tsing has caught international attention, as much for its impact on the region's container traffic as the rarity of such a long-running labour dispute in Hong Kong's free market economy.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 2 comments

Port measures Hong Kong dock workers' strike at 90 ships

Representatives of the Confederation of Trade Unions hand out HK$1,500 to striking dock workers outside the terminals. Photo: David Wong

A total of 90 vessels are expected to have bypassed the Kwai Tsing container terminals run by the strike-hit port operator if the walkout lasts until April 21, the company says.

10 Apr 2013 - 7:58am

Dockers' strike is a struggle to restore the city's soul

Li Ka-shing. Photo: Bloomberg

It's easy to mistake the dockers' strike as just that. But it's more than just industrial action for better pay and conditions. The strikers and their supporters consider it a struggle to restore the soul that Hong Kong has lost to the greed that permeates our society.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:14pm 6 comments

Contractors to meet striking dockers over pay demands

Wong Chi-tak, spokesman for Everbest Port Services, one of the contractors involved in the dockers' strike, speaks to the media in North Point on Tuesday. Photo: Felix Wong

A contractor at the centre of a labour dispute on Tuesday ruled out a 20 per cent pay rise for striking dock workers in Kwai Chung, saying an increase of this amount was unaffordable. It was the first time a contractor involved in the dispute has spoken publicly about  the strike, which entered its 13th day on Tuesday.

9 Apr 2013 - 11:39pm

Letters to the Editor, April 9, 2013

Restaurants can help cut food waste. Photo: SCMP

I refer to the report ("Expert accused of twisting facts on voting rights", April 1). Maria Tam Wai-chu may have had a momentary slip of the mind when she said that Article 25(b) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights did not cover the right to stand for election.

9 Apr 2013 - 3:36am 5 comments

Dock workers' labour dispute cuts port cargo 'in half'

Dock workers occupy a road outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal on their strike demanding better wages and working conditions. Photo: Edward Wong

The volume of cargo handled by port operator Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) has halved in the 12 days since dockers walked off the job, as more vessels turn to other ports, insiders say.

9 Apr 2013 - 12:17pm 5 comments