Hong Kong Container Terminal Strike Latest

ITF
Monday, April 08, 2013
Photo credit ITF

The High Court in Hong Kong has ruled in favour of extending the temporary injunction, but acknowledges the workers' right to strike.

According to the ITF, the injunction against the Union of Hong Kong Dockers (HKDU) aims to halt action at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal in the Port of Hong Kong, where the Industrial action began on 30, March 2013.  The strike is seen as a last resort measure by the union in their attempts to secure transparent, good faith dialogue with their employer Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT), a subcontractor of global network terminal (GNT) operator Hutchison Port Holdings.

Some restrictive terms have been put on the injunction. The trade union’s right to enter the workplace and strike is allowed but it has to be limited to lawful and reasonable acts and the number of strikers is limited to 80 trade union members and must take place in a designated area agreed by both parties, namely the car park inside the terminal.

The ITF and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have reacted jointly with ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow commenting: “This ruling is an acknowledgment of the trade union’s right to strike. If HIT had won this case outright more employers could well have followed suit to ban workers from picketing at their workplaces altogether.”

The union wants HIT to come to the table and negotiate over issues of health and safety, working conditions and pay parity between directly employed and subcontracted workers.

In addition, the ITF is calling on HIT to take full responsibility for its subcontractors, to put an end to the exploitation of outsourced dockers who are earning less for working longer; and to return to the table to discuss the reinstatement of the hourly overtime rate for contracted dockers.

Meanwhile an ITF campaign in support of HKDU has been escalated.
 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Danny Broad Appointed to ARENA Board

The Chair, Board members and staff of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are delighted to advise that Danny Broad has been appointed by the Australian Government to the Board of ARENA.

Monitoring U.S. Troops Returning from Ebola Mission

Secretary Hagel has signed an order that validated a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to place all U.S. military service members returning from

Eurodam Tops in USPH Inspections

Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam achieved a perfect score of 100 on a recent routine United States Public Health (USPH) inspection conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ports

St. Lawrence Seaway Receives Strike Notice

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) was served a 72-hour notice to strike by UNIFOR, a group representing the Seaway’s 460 unionized employees.

'Environmental' Hull Cleaning Ops OK'd in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free

EU to Invest in Port of Dublin Development

The EU's TEN-T Program  will co-fund with almost €2.5 million studies on the capacity development in the Port of Dublin to improve the freight traffic connection

Logistics

US Natgas Exports Would Raise Energy Prices but Boost Economy

Expanded U.S. liquefied natural gas exports would mean a modest price increase for domestic consumers, but the higher costs would be offset by a boost to the economy, the U.

Iran Gas Exports to Europe Would Take at Least 5 Years

Iran would take at least five years to start exporting natural gas to the European Union if sanctions were removed, industry experts said on Wednesday. Last month,

China Aviation Oil Seeks Jet Fuel for Nov-Dec

China Aviation Oil (Singapore) is seeking up to 2.056 million barrels of jet fuel for loading over November to December, a tender document showed on Wednesday.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0979 sec (10 req/sec)