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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

New homes

Do you agree with the Federation of Trade Unions that the government should consider switching flats being built under the My Home Purchase Scheme to the Home Ownership Scheme?

15 Aug 2012 - 1:51am

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