Workers worried railway project may cost them their jobs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 June, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 June, 1996, 12:00am

Workers in a Tsuen Wan industrial building have expressed fears they might become victims of the Western Corridor Railway.

Some said they were worried about their jobs if the building had to be demolished to make way for the huge transport project.

According to a feasibility study of the railway project commissioned by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, several industrial buildings will have to be knocked down.

These include the Shun Kei Factory Estate in Castle Peak Road, the Wah Kai Industrial Centre and the Paul Y. Industrial Building in Texaco Road, Tsuen Wan.

The Wah Kai Industrial Centre consists of two blocks of 26-storey buildings. There are 13 units on each floor.

However, the occupancy rate is just 32.2 per cent because many firms have moved to China. Other factories include manufacturers of paper, rubber, metal and plastic products.

An electroplating factory worker, who identified himself only as Mr Chan, said he did not know about the rail project and demolition plan.

'I don't want it to be demolished because our boss will then move the factory to China and I will lose my job,' he said.

'I am 50 and it is difficult for me to find another job.' Democratic Party legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip opposed to the clearance of the building because of the huge cost involved.