The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Strike threat averted as dockworkers reach pay deal with HIT subcontractors

External contractors for Hongkong International Terminals have agreed to pay an above-inflation 5.5 percent increase in basic salary for dockworkers in the coming year, averting a threatened strike that would have heaped further misery on the struggling port.

A statement by the Hutchison Port Holdings HIT said 95 percent of their workers have given written […]


Hongkong International Terminals dockers’ raise depends on incentives

Dock workers at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), the port operator hit by a five-week strike over wages last year, could see their base salaries increase by 6 per cent, and the company would offer an additional 4.1 per cent in incentive income.

But Chan Chiu-wai, of the Confederation of Trade Unions, which led last year’s […]


Hong Kong International Terminals to install remote control operations

Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT) has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machinery Technology Corporation (MHIMT) to install remote-control operations for the 29 RTGs at Container Terminal 9. The project is the first of its kind outside of Japan.

HIT expects the first batch of its remote control RTGs to be in operation by […]


Kwai Tsing port business suffers ‘huge’ 11pc drop from dockers’ strike

The longest strike in Hong Kong’s history caused a “huge” drop of almost 11 per cent in container volume at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals last month.

Port operator Hongkong International Terminals – the target of the dock workers’ 40-day strike which ended after they accepted a 9.8 per cent pay rise said its operations […]


May Day marches draw thousands with Hong Kong dock strikers leading the charge

Workers and protesters holding a defaced portrait of Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and banners reading “right of collective negotiation,” “low pay subsidy” and “retire security” march to the government’s office during a May Day rally in Hong Kong Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Hundreds of workers, local labor rights groups and striking dockworkers joined […]


Hong Kong Invites Li’s Dockers for Talks to End Port Strike

Hong Kong’s government made a renewed effort to end the longest strike at the city’s container terminal after workers at billionaire Li Ka-shing’s docks scaled back demands for a 23 percent wage increase.

The labor department invited the Union of Hong Kong Dockers to talks [Monday], where contractors of Li’s Hongkong International Terminals Ltd. will […]


Li Ka-shing, do you know how bad the conditions of your workers are?

From the Union of Hong Kong Dockers:

In a staggering publicity stunt last week that included several newspaper ads and public remarks by Hutchison Whampoa’s managing director Canning Fok Kin-ning, Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT) and its subcontractors sought to smear the striking workers and their union. Thus today, we must present the truth and […]


HIT Strike Threatens Long-Term Impact on Hong Kong

As the Hong Kong dockworkers’ strike for better pay and working conditions enters its fourth week, some analysts believe there could be long-term economic repercussions for the city and port.

Since March 28, lines and shippers have suffered serious delays or been forced to reroute services to avoid calls at facilities operated by Hongkong International […]


Li Ka-Shing’s Port, Workers Wage Ad War as Strike Continues

The strike has prompted shipping lines to divert vessels to Shenzhen, China, from Hong Kong’s harbor, and is the biggest revolt against Li, 84, Asia’s richest man. 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 […]


Port Workers In Hong Kong and Vancouver, USA, Fighting For Decent Jobs

Chan Chiu-wai and Paddy Crumlin Radio Interview:

Hundreds of contract workers in the port of Hong Kong are on strike for decent pay and working conditions. Meanwhile port workers in Vancouver, USA, are locked out as their employer tries to break the union.

A RadioLabour interview with Chan Chiu-wai of the Hong Kong Confederation of […]


Hong Kong port strikers camp outside Li Ka-shing headquarters

A dock worker holds a defaced picture of Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing as he marches with others during a strike at Cheung Kong centre in Hong Kong, April 17, 2013. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

More than 200 striking dock workers camped outside the headquarters of Asia’s richest man on Wednesday, pressing demands for a […]


Why are the Hong Hong dockworkers on strike? Here's why

A flier posted at the Maritime Union of Australia shows a few of the many reasons why Hong Kong dockworkers have been forced to strike for better working conditions:

Download the full flier at this MUA link.



Australian maritime workers in Hong Kong standing with Kwai Tsing dockworkers

In a mark of international solidarity, a delegation of Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) unionists and rank-and-file workers is in Hong Kong to join the Kwai Tsing dockworkers on the picket line.

MUA National Secretary and President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Paddy Crumlin, said Australian maritime workers have been deeply disturbed […]


Report: Hutchison Port Holdings’ earnings will be hurt by Hong Kong strike

Hutchison Port Holdings’ earnings are expected to struggle in fiscal year 2013, as labor disruption at the Port of Hong Kong is likely to drive up wages and limit Hongkong International Terminals’ subcontracted labor flexibility, according to a report by Citi Research.

Revenue at Hutchison Port Holding’s Port of Hong Kong has been impacted by […]


Li Ka-Shing’s Port Workers Widen Protests After New Wage Offer

Hong Kong dock workers strike, April 17, 2013. 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. The dockworkers at Hong Kong port earn HK$55 ($7) an hour, according to […]