No breakthrough in dock strike talks


Union of Hong Kong Dockers spokesman Stanley Ho. Photo: RTHK
A second round of talks between striking dock workers and the contractors who employ them ended without agreement yesterday, but both sides said they would consider each other's proposals.

The strike action affecting Kwai Chung container terminal has now entered its third week - with dockers holding out for a 20 percent pay rise as well as an improvement in working conditions.

Speaking after the end of yesterday's talks, the Union of Hong Kong Dockers' Stanley Ho said he was hopeful there would be a breakthrough in further meetings.

The Labour Department has been mediating the talks, and Melody Luk - a chief labour officer for labour relations - said yesterday's meeting had been more useful than the first day of talks.

She added that another meeting would be arranged once all parties are available.

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