Employees vow to continue stoppages until company increases their wages Two hundred Vitasoy transport workers rejected what they saw as their employer's piecemeal solution yesterday after striking for 13 hours, and vowed to strike again today. 'We are very dissatisfied. They were on strike for an entire day, and still we could not come to an agreement,' said Tam Chun-yin, co-ordinating organiser of the Confederation of Trade Unions. 'We'll come back tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, until we get a satisfactory answer,' added Transport and Logistics Workers' Union president Tam Wai-to. The salesmen, drivers and delivery assistants, representing about 80 per cent of the company's transport workers, gathered at its Tuen Mun headquarters at 7am. They demanded that Vitasoy increase their base salaries and commissions combined by 6 per cent; rehire a driver they claim was wrongly fired; improve communication between management and workers; ensure workers do not work overtime; and adhere to employment contracts. They claim that although the company raised base salaries by 2.5 per cent last year, it has not raised commissions since 2003, meaning they make less overall today than 10 years ago, and that they work up to five hours overtime a day to fulfil tasks outside their contracts. Representatives for the workers met four members of Vitasoy's senior management from 3pm to 8pm. The Labour Department sent an officer to mediate, a spokesman said. The company said it would announce an increase to the base salaries next Tuesday but did not say by how much, Tam Chin-yin said. They did not agree to stick to contract-stipulated work hours or to rehire To Chi-kuen. Vitasoy said it adhered closely to labour laws to ensure fair staff treatment, adding that workers stayed 10 years on average. It said it had noted the workers' grievances and believed they could be resolved. The strike blocked part of the delivery service, it said. Mr To, who had worked at Vitasoy for nine years, claims he was fired last month after he persistently demanded a clear calculation of his team's wages. 'All they said was that I was not compatible for the job,' he said. He said he had received year-end bonuses for good performance the past few years, including HK$3,000 last year. Vitasoy says he 'had a history of disciplinary issues' and had been given two warning letters. 'Finally, after no significant improvement was found, with his deteriorating working attitude and discipline, we felt there was no alternative but to terminate his employment.' Driver Tam Man-kwok, 49, said his hours were so long that he sometimes fell asleep at the wheel. 'I came here prepared to lose my job.' In addition to his contractual duties, he washes his truck, shelves beverages and hangs banners. Since lowering his commission from 47 to 42 cents per drinks package delivered when Sars hit in 2003, the company had not raised it again, he said.