10 years after one of Hong Kong’s longest strikes, dockers’ union struggles to uphold labour rights

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Hong Kong Free Press

Ten years ago this month, Hong Kong’s main container port was rocked by one of the longest labour strikes in the city’s history. Disgruntled by low wages – their pay was lower in 2013 than in 1996 – as well as poor working conditions and long hours, hundreds of contracted dock workers at Kwai Tsing Container Terminals went on strike for a 20 per cent pay rise – the equivalent of inflation over the previous 17 years – and better conditions. After 40 straight days of strikes and protests, dock workers accepted a 9.8 per cent wage increase. They were given a 10 per cent pay rise the following yea…

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