ITFShow Support for Striking Hong Kong Dockers

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) spoke out against a temporary injunction that throws out striking dockers from Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, Port of Hong Kong.

On January 30, the ITF Hong Kong Dockers Coordinating Committee comprised of Hong Kong Storehouses, Transportation and Logistics Staff Association (HKSTLSA), the Union of Hong Kong Dockers (UHKD) and the Hong Kong Docks and Ports Industry Unions (HKDPIU) called for dialogue with Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT) and its subcontractors over decent working conditions for all workers regardless of their employment status. In response to a lack of dialogue from the company and its disregard for the union's call for pay parity, the Union of Hong Kong Dockers commenced strike action on March 28 and is supported by its sister Hong Kong unions.

“The ITF strongly condemns the attempts by HIT, which is owned by Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust), to deprive these workers of their right to strike via an injunction. The company's attempts to intimidate workers by threatening to dismiss strikers as well as its move to replace them with strikebreakers constitute serious violations of international standards. Furthermore, the ITF is calling on HIT to engage in meaningful, open and fair discussions with the workers' union to improve working conditions and ensure parity between the company's outsourced and its directly employed workforce. 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,” the ITF said.

ITF president and dockers’ section chair Paddy Crumlin commented, “This dispute has reached a critical stage. The ITF is calling on HIT and on Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust), to put health and safety, decent working conditions and respect for union rights first. The dockers have the full support and backing of the 4.5 million member strong ITF global union. Dockers in global network terminals around the world are watching closely, as are transport workers along the supply chain. Global network terminal operators in the stevedoring industry in particular have a critical responsibility to work with their employees to ensure basic labour rights are acknowledged and respected.”
 

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