According to officials, dockworkers have now been on strike for over 28 days in the Port of Hong Kong. As we have reported earlier, about 450 dock workers- mostly crane operators and stevedores- walked out on March 28, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.
The terminals are operating at 90 percent of capacity and the delays faced by ships for berthing have been cut after the hiring of temporary workers,according to the Bloomberg News. Contractors at Li’s terminals in the world’s third-busiest container port hired workers to cut the waiting time for ships on average to 20-to-25 hours last week, compared with about 60 hours when the strike started. At least 100 vessels have already skipped Hong Kong since the beginning of the strike, causing extra costs for shipping lines and logistics firms.
Today Hong Kong’s government made a renewed effort to end the strike at the city’s container terminal.
The labor department invited the Union of Hong Kong Dockers to talks where contractors of Li’s Hongkong International Terminals Ltd. will be present, employees’ union representative Wong Yu-loy said. The earlier talks aimed at defusing the four-week dispute failed after the workers rejected a 7 percent pay raise.
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