Cathay Pacific cuts flights between Hong Kong and Paris over Europe strikes

Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. Photo: AFP

The airline on Monday advised passengers booked for flight CX278 from Paris to Hong Kong to make “alternative arrangements” and postpone non-essential travel to Paris.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 12:55pm

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.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

In Hong Kong, this Labour Day lives up to its name

A security guard keeps vigil in front of containers as dockers continue their strike. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong workers marking the Labour Day with protests is nothing new. As in the past, they take to the streets with different demands - higher wages, better benefits and job protection. This year, the tension between workers and bosses seems particularly intense, partly fuelled by the dock workers' strike that has been dragging on for a month.

1 May 2013 - 6:27am

Lufthansa strike has limited impact on Hong Kong

Passengers walk past empty check in desks at the Berlin Tegel airport on Monday after German airline Lufthansa cancelled most of its domestic, European and long-haul flights at six German airports due to strike action by ground personnel and some cabin crew. Photo: AFP

Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa said it was cancelling almost 1,700 flights on Monday, mostly on domestic and short-haul European routes, as a result of planned strike action by thousands of workers calling for higher pay.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:52pm

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

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

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

Port dispute with striking dockers deepens

League of Social Democrats protesters surround labour minister Matthew Cheung at a function yesterday. Photo: SCMP

HIT was standing by its claim that it had nothing to do with the employment of contract workers, whose strike is now entering its second week. But unions countered with information they said showed otherwise.

4 Apr 2013 - 12:28pm 2 comments

Stores seek ways to get around dockers' strike

A banner tells the strikers outside the Kwai Tsing terminals to “"fight to the end". Photo: Felix Wong

Shops selling food are looking for alternative sources of supply and delivery options as a strike by dockers enters its second week. The work ban by staff at the Kwai Tsing container terminals has already caused delays in overseas food delivery.

4 Apr 2013 - 12:27pm

Member of Beijing-loyalist FTU part of contractor's management

FTU lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin. Photo: Edmond So

A Beijing-loyalist alliance of trade unions has stayed silent throughout the week-old walkout at the Kwai Tsing container terminals because of vested interests with some of the port contractors, striking workers have alleged.

4 Apr 2013 - 12:15pm 6 comments

Terminal operator seeks court order to end strike

Dock workers rest at Kwai Tsing container terminal six yesterday. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A port operator at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals is seeking an injunction to force hundreds of dockers back to work as their strike for a pay rise entered its fourth day.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Strike at Kwai Tsing container terminal set to escalate

Workers on strike at Kwai Tsing terminal yesterday. They are demanding a 17 per cent pay rise and say their salaries have been raised just once in 15 years. Photo: Edward Wong

Amid heavy rain, about 300 stevedores picketed a terminal roundabout as negotiations over pay with the contractors employing them remained stalled. The workers are seeking a 17 per cent pay rise, saying their wages have increased only once over the past 15 years.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:48am 1 comment

Dockers vow to continue strike

The workers march to the offices of Everbest and Comcheung. The Union of Hong Kong Dockers said the number of striking workers was growing. Photo: Edward Wong

Dock workers vowed to stay on strike until their demands were met, some recalling how they worked at the terminal for as long as seven days without rest. About 200 strikers continued to block a section of the Kwai Tsing container terminals as their strike entered the second day yesterday. A further 100 crane operators joined them last night.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:51am 1 comment

Dock workers strike for higher pay

Workers protest over a wage dispute at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

More than 100 dock workers protested and went on strike at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals yesterday, seeking a 17 per cent pay rise. They said their wages had been raised only once in the past 15 years, and inflation was making it hard for them to make ends meet. 

29 Mar 2013 - 5:40am

Dockers strike at Kwai Chung Container Terminal

A general view of the Kwai Chung container terminal in March. Photo: SCMP/Edward Wong

About 100 dockers demanding a pay rise vowed to continue a sit-in protest at the Kwai Chung Container Terminal on Thursday after a meeting with their employer earlier in the day failed to settle the dispute.

28 Mar 2013 - 8:33pm