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 wanted to make sure their "ultimate boss" heard their calls, shifting their protest from outside billionaire Li Ka-shing's headquarters to his home.Monday, 22 April, 2013, 12:51pm 6 comments
Tensions over the dockers' strike rose further yesterday as Canning Fok Kin-ning, one of Li Ka-shing's top lieutenants, publicly slammed unionist lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan.21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am 11 comments
The danger of a conflict between China and Japan over islands in disputed waters, such as the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, is always possible, given the rise of militarism in both countries.21 Apr 2013 - 4:56am 1 comment
Shippers have worked out a back-up plan to move Hong Kong cargo through ports in Guangdong with no end in sight to the Kwai Tsing dock strike. The Hong Kong Shippers' Council also said Guangdong customs had agreed to speed up clearance of diverted shipments.20 Apr 2013 - 5:07am 8 comments
I watched the US Senate hearings into the JPMorgan US$6.2 billion loss on credit derivatives. Banks justify their huge bonuses, saying that they are needed to attract talent. If the collection of mumbling, fumbling, buck-passing individuals who testified are the best talent available, it is not surprising that the banks are in such a mess.20 Apr 2013 - 3:25am
When veteran Australian unionist Joe Deakin found out about the working conditions Hong Kong dockers had to endure, he described it as a "living hell". Deakin, assistant branch secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, flew to Hong Kong on Monday with seven other unionists to show support for the 450 striking dockers.20 Apr 2013 - 5:30am 1 comment
Dock workers hired by one closing contractor vowed on Friday to continue their strike despite being offered better-paying jobs by other contractors.
Ah Hong, a crane driver with contractor Global Stevedoring Service, said other contractors in Kwai Tsing container terminals had offered him and his colleagues a pay rise if they join them and return to work.19 Apr 2013 - 10:06pm
A dock contractor at the centre of a weeks-old pay dispute dropped a bombshell on striking dockers yesterday, announcing it would put up the shutters after June 30.
Global Stevedoring Service said it could not keep up its business any more with about three-quarters of its 170 dockers on strike for 22 days - and counting.19 Apr 2013 - 3:44am 6 comments
Striking dock workers marched to the headquarters of Hutchison Whampoa in Central on Thursday demanding to meet with company chairman Li Ka-shing.18 Apr 2013 - 9:50pm 1 comment
Shares in Hutchison Port Holdings Trust dropped yesterday to US$0.81 - the lowest since the Kwai Tsing dock strike began.
Investors pushed the price 3.57 per cent below Tuesday's closing price after research showed that the industrial action could have cost the port operator HK$100 million in revenue.18 Apr 2013 - 4:07am