Subcontracting is not immoral

Striking dockers protest against Cheung Kong's attempt to seek an injunction. Photo: Felix Wong

I refer to Tony Yuen's letter ("Bosses' greed the real villain in strike fallout", May 18). Mr Yuen said that the Hong Kong's logistics industry has weakened over the past two decades as a result of rising terminal operating costs and the "raised terminal charges" by the terminal operators.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 2:32am 1 comment

Better scheduling would solve dispute over bar benders

The current bar benders' strike in Hong Kong has brought many construction sites to a halt, and has affected the whole of society. I think this is a resource scheduling problem, and I believe there is a win-win solution.

As skilled labourers, bar benders cut, bend and fix steel beams according to drawings and bending schedules.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Unpaid workers reject police version of job-site clash

Migrant workers who were beaten up last week at a construction site in Dongyuan county, Guangdong, for demanding payment of their salaries have dismissed an initial police finding that they had been engaged in 'a ferocious mass fight'.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Contractor to be sued for $6m in back pay

Government decides to take Dickson to court, tightens rules to protect workers

The government will take former Housing Department contractor Dickson Construction to court over unpaid wages, it was disclosed yesterday.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

IT contractor accused of leaking names on Net blames police body

The IT contractor accused of leaking confidential information about 20,000 people who filed complaints against the police has hit back at the Independent Police Complaints Council, saying it was responsible for the blunder.

Contractor EDPS also said yesterday it was not banned from subcontracting its work, contradicting the council in its criticism of the company.

29 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Regulation considered

The possibility of regulating multiple subcontracting on building projects is being studied to avoid labour exploitation, a Housing Department official says.

The department is collaborating with the Labour Department to settle 577 complaints over $12.8 million of allegedly unpaid wages under the three unfinished projects of Dickson Construction.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Protesting workers at luxury Peak site reach pay deal

About 100 home-furnishing workers, who said they had not been paid for two months, reached a deal with a subcontractor yesterday after staging a protest outside the luxurious Cyberport development Bel-Air on the Peak.

9 Jul 2004 - 12:00am


I find the current situation regarding the Tolo Highway roadworks to be appalling.

19 Feb 2003 - 12:00am


I read with interest the report on delayed progress of roadworks on the Tolo Highway (South China Morning Post, February 6).

On my way to work every day, I drive past the site mentioned in the story and can attest to the snail's-pace progress and disruption that seem to have plagued this project since the very beginning.

15 Feb 2003 - 12:00am


About 30 cable-laying workers gathered at a CLP Power work site in Sha Tin yesterday to demand the release of $1 million of unpaid wages their subcontracting employer allegedly owes them.

The group said they and about 20 others had been hired to work at the site since April but the subcontractor never paid them on time or in full.

14 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Building workers keep up pressure

About 100 construction workers took to the streets yesterday to demand stricter controls on the industry's subcontracting system.

The workers' anger was fuelled by a rise in cases of subcontractors defaulting on wages, often for work on government-funded projects, with recent disputes turning violent.

29 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Labour dispute

Police appeared to be taking no chances yesterday when they stopped subcontractor Chan Kan-hung in the lift lobby of the headquarters of China Rich Holdings Limited as he and 18 other subcontractors tried to see representatives of the firm.

24 Jul 2002 - 12:00am


A former assistant clerk of works employed by a civil engineering company overseeing a Housing Department redevelopment project in Yau Tong has been arrested by ICAC officers.

The man, 40, was arrested for allegedly soliciting and accepting advantages in return for lax supervision of construction work on the project.

12 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Subcontracting review as faults unearthed

The multi-layered subcontracting system will be reviewed following piling problems at a Tung Chung construction site, a senior official said yesterday.

11 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Costs hurt contractor

Fitting-out contractor CIL Holdings saw attributable profit drop to $10 million from $20.3 million in the year to June 30 after suffering higher finance costs and an exceptional loss of $6.2 million on investment write-offs and costs claimed by subcontractors in legal cases.

30 Nov 1998 - 12:00am