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).

HIT must come to the negotiating table over dockers' pay dispute

It's good to talk

There is nothing inherently difficult about resolving labour disputes. If the two sides in the dispute are willing to talk and a mechanism exists to facilitate those talks, then there is every chance an agreement can be reached.

Tuesday, 9 April, 2013, 3:36am 8 comments

Talking points

Pope Francis

Dockers directly employed by Hongkong International Terminals will meet the management this morning to press for better working conditions, including overtime pay of 1.5 times their normal wage rate.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am

Dock workers' strike stakes rise as others join the action

The dockers and their supporters march to Cheung Kong Center in their bid to get the port operator to raise their pay. Photo: Sam Tsang

As the strike entered its 11th day, the 500 dock workers on strike marched with their supporters from Causeway Bay's Victoria Park to Central's Cheung Kong Center - where tycoon Li Ka-shing works - and then on to the government's Tamar headquarters in Admiralty.

8 Apr 2013 - 9:46am 3 comments

Dockers' strike falls flat over unions' lack of unity

Bar-Benders sit-in protest against property developer Cheung Kong in 2007. Photo: Dustin Shum

As the strike drags on at Kwai Tsing, it appears the dockers are struggling to get union support for their fight for more pay - revealing the fractured state of the city's two key labour rights groups.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am 1 comment

Dock strike to set off global ripple effect

A dock worker on strike watches his son play on a mobile phone outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal last week. Photo: Thomas Yau

Several foreign media outlets are covering the dock workers’ strike as it drags into a second week, underlining the huge implications the labour dispute has on international trade.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

The low pay, long hours and new demands facing Hong Kong's dockers

Staffs officers stand guard as dockers at Kwai Chung Container Terminal enter their 9th day of strike demanding better wages and working conditions. Photo: Edward Wong

Since hundreds of dock workers downed tools 11 days ago at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals to press their case for a 17 per cent pay rise, their action has brought into sharp focus the dire conditions many of them have to endure daily.

7 Apr 2013 - 6:47am 1 comment

Striking dockers will talk to contractors if port operator attends

Lee Cheuk-yan (centre) and dockers protest. Photo: Nora Tam

Their bottom line for negotiations to start, they said last night, was to meet representatives from Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) along with contractors Everbest Port Services, Global Stevedoring Services and Pui Kee Stevedore Company.

7 Apr 2013 - 10:12am 4 comments

Up to 80 strikers may enter Kwai Tsing port, court rules

Dockers persist on the ninth day of the strike. Photo: Edward Wong

Striking dockers have obtained court permission to return inside the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals to continue picketing, but their numbers must not top 80. Jubilant workers called the High Court ruling a "substantial victory" in their fight for better pay and working conditions.

6 Apr 2013 - 3:48am

Container port operator 'trying to divide us'

Union of Hong Kong Dockers spokesman Stanley Ho Wai-hong (far left), lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan (third from left) and dock workers at the High Court yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

Strikers accused Hongkong International Terminals of trying to divide them yesterday after the port operator offered a HK$5,000 bonus to workers who performed their duties in the past week or resumed work today.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:17am 2 comments

High Court allows dock workers back to terminal to picket

Commissioner for Labour Cheuk Wing-hing. Photo: Felix Wong

The High Court on Friday ruled that dock workers could return to the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals to continue their strike under an amendment to the injunction already granted to the port operator that previously barred striking workers from entering or blocking the port operator’s terminals.

5 Apr 2013 - 10:42pm 1 comment

Talks on Kwai Tsing dock strike yet to begin

Union of Hong Kong Dockers spokesman Stanley Ho Wai-hong arrives at the Labour Department offices in Kwai Hing. Photo: Edward Wong

Long-awaited talks between striking dockers and contractors failed to get off the ground yesterday. Meanwhile, more than 200 dockers directly hired by the port operator at the centre of the controversy, Hongkong International Terminals, began a work-to-rule - adding to the chaos at Kwai Tsing port, where about 500 contracted staff have been on strike for more than a week.

5 Apr 2013 - 6:08pm 7 comments

Time to step in on Hong Kong dock strike

Support groups protest outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal to support dock workers. Photo: Edward Wong

Shenzhen's competition with Hong Kong as the world's third-busiest container port can only get tougher, which adds to the worry of the dockers' walkout over a wage dispute that has disrupted the operations of Hong Kong International Terminals, and forced traders who depend on it for supplies to think of alternatives.

5 Apr 2013 - 6:10pm 2 comments

Dock strike has traders looking for other routes

Dock workers occupy a road outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal. Photo: Edward Wong

The supply and export of various products - including the city's HK$300 billion re-export trade - will start to slow if the Kwai Tsing dock strike drags on for another week, industrialists say.

5 Apr 2013 - 6:09pm

Dock strikers' supporters call for boycott of Li Ka-shing's ParknShop

Protesters and journalists cram into a ParknShop outlet near the Kwai Fong train station yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

A pressure group has called for a boycott of the ParknShop supermarket chain - part of the Li Ka-shing empire - to back the dock workers' strike. The call came as the group staged a demonstration outside the chain's store near Kwai Fong MTR yesterday in support of the strikers at container terminals operated by Li's Hongkong International Terminals (HIT).

5 Apr 2013 - 6:09pm 4 comments

Home is where the fight is for 500 dockers

Dock workers occupy a road outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal. Photo: Edward Wong

Until a few days ago, the entrance to the Kwai Tsing terminals was merely a busy intersection used mainly by trucks. No one would linger for more than a minute as the terminal is in the middle of nowhere.

Today it has become the second home and battlefield for the 500 dock workers who are risking it all for a 17 per cent pay rise which they say is long overdue.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:57am