According to the Reuters, more than 200 striking dock workers at Li Ka- shing’s Hong Kong terminals surrounded his Cheung Kong Center headquarters in the city’s business district after rejecting pay rise aimed at ending a three-week strike.
Contract workers of Li’s Hongkong International Terminals Ltd. were offered a 7 percent raise in pay by their employers, the company said in an e-mail, compared with the workers’ demand for a 23 percent increase. Hong Kong government’s mediators have helped narrow the differences between employers and workers, Labour Secretary Matthew Cheung told reporters.
Workers are “extremely disappointed” with the talks as the wage increase offered is less than the union’s demand, said Wong Yu-loy, a representative of the Union of Hong Kong Dockers.
About 450 workers, mostly crane operators and stevedores, walked out on March 28, seeking higher wages and better working conditions as rising living costs and record home prices spur discontent in the city.
Hong Kong, the gateway to mainland China’s manufacturing heartland, is the world’s third-largest port after Shanghai and Singapore. The strike has diverted some traffic to the nearby Chinese port of Shenzhen, where Li also operates berths.
Cheung Kin-chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, said delays at the terminal could be up to seven or eight days, local media reported.
RCL Agencies will continue to monitor the situation and will report further updates once available.