Trade Union

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.

Monday, 8 April, 2013, 5:21am 1 comment

Outrage over right-to-work laws

A silent protester cries while wearing a sticker over her mouth signifying the loss in wages from the right-to-work law in Lansing, Michigan. Photo: AP

Republican lawmakers have passed union-curbing "right-to-work" laws in Michigan, prompting a rowdy protest at the capitol and outrage in a state seen as the heart of the US labour movement.

The two measures will weaken unions by allowing public and private sector workers to get the same wages and benefits negotiated by unions for their members, even if they refuse to pay any dues.

13 Dec 2012 - 5:19am

Teachers' union says it's hard to recruit young blood

The leaders of Hong Kong's largest teachers' union say it is hard to recruit young people, sparking concerns about future succession problems.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Unequal growth path dehumanises workers

Tens of thousands of people around the world are taking to the streets today to mark May 1. What else is new? Well, plenty. The continuing economic crisis is hitting workers hardest. It also highlights how policies of the past decades have downgraded the meaning of decent work.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

MTR unions threaten action over pay

Unions have threatened industrial action if the MTR Corporation refuses to meet their demand for a 7 per cent pay rise.

Workers at the company are to receive performance-based pay rises ranging from 4.5 to 6.8 per cent from this month, it was announced yesterday. In addition, most workers will get bonuses equal to about a month's salary.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Union wants 6pc pay rise for bus drivers

A union representing three bus companies has urged that workers get a 6 per cent pay rise after a survey showed 59 to 65.9 per cent of respondents hoped for a 4 to 6 per cent rise this year. The Confederation of Trade Unions Bus Unions Alliance interviewed 2,600 workers from KMB, New World First Bus and Citybus.

22 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Staff say longer hours mean poorer service

About 80 per cent of contract staff at public libraries said manpower shortages would reduce the quality of service when opening hours are extended next month, a Confederation of Trade Unions' poll found. Some 98 per cent of the 181 workers said more positions should be opened on civil service terms, with 90 per cent saying working on contract terms did not offer job security.

23 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Labour union aims to spread its wings

Hong Kong's largest labour union group is preparing to form several trade unions to represent lawyers, social workers and property agents as part of its efforts to recruit professionals to reinvent itself.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

When is a cleaner not a cleaner? When there's a pay rule to dodge

Employers who have signed up to the government's minimum wage charter for cleaners and security guards are getting round its provisions by changing staff job titles, trade unions say.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Construction workers demand 10pc pay rise

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

By law, owed wages don't come easy

Li Wai-man is used to labour disputes, having covered many as a journalist. But the former news editor of local Chinese paper Sing Pao Daily News had always assumed unpaid employees were protected by the law. He now knows how wrong he was.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Contract staff join chorus for pay rise

The massive budget surplus has increased pressure on the financial secretary to award a big pay rise to government contract staff and to offer them full-time employment.

3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

A wake-up call

India's outsourcing boom has put the country on the economic map and money in the pockets of an army of local workers and their employers. But life at the end of the phone line isn't without its drawbacks and alarm bells are ringing at the Ministry of Health: a wave of health problems is hitting call centre staff.

21 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Building workers demand pay rise

Dozens of construction workers yesterday demanded that the government increase pay for those employed on government projects.

About 30 members of the Construction Site Workers General Union and members of the Confederation of Trade Unions marched to the Central Government Offices in the morning to voice discontent over their pay.

31 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Tighten belt

The Employers' Federation wants a 2.5 per cent pay rise cap next year, because of dimmer economic prospects. Do you agree with trade unions that the same old excuse is being used to force down wages? Write to us.

5 Oct 2007 - 12:00am