Workers at Swire Beverages strike over increased workload

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 October, 2013, 3:25pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 October, 2013, 4:24pm

More than 100 workers at Swire Beverages went on strike on Thursday to demand more staff to help them deal with their increased workload.

The strikers, most of them storage and delivery workers, started their industrial around 8am outside the company’s factory in Sha Tin.

Waiving placards and shouting slogans, they protested against their long working hours and their employers’ refusal to adhere to their request to hire more staff.

The strikers are also concerned the company has plans to contract out some of their jobs.

The soft drinks company, owned by Swire Group, manufactures, bottles and distributes Coca-cola and related soft drinks in Hong Kong.

A workers’ union leader said the industrial action had slowed the company’s production line and delivery schedule.

Representatives of the workers will meet management to discuss the strikers' demands later on Thursday.

The union leader said they would be on strike until management addressed their demands.