» 05/07/2013, 00.00
Hong Kong dockworkers defy Li Ka-shing's empire and win
After a 40-day strike, local dockworkers get a pay rise and better working conditions from contractors of Hutchinson Whampoa, a multinational company owned by the Hong Kong billionaire. For the first time, employers agree to write down their promises.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - After 40 days of strike, one of the longest
in the history of Hong Kong, the city's dockers have won their battle against
the empire of billionaire Li Ka-shing and accepted a 9.8 per cent pay rise Although
the workers were demanding an increase in the "double-digit", union
leaders accepted the proposal when four contractors pledged to improve
conditions and write the increase into their contracts. The salary rise will be
backdated to 1 May.
The work stoppage began
on 28 March when hundreds of staff employed by contractors of port operator
Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT), part of Li Ka-shing's Hutchison
Whampoa empire, stopped work at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals demanding
About 530 workers, said to be two-thirds of the dockworkers HIT
employed through contractors, joined the strike at its peak.
Yesterday, the 430 remaining strikers and unionists went into a
meeting after the High Court ruled that they would be allowed to continue
protesting outside Li's Cheung Kong Centre until a formal hearing on a
permanent injunction was heard. After a two-hour session, they accepted the
offer and the strike was over.
"This is half successful," said Stanley Ho Wai-hong, spokesman for
the Union of Hong Kong Dockers. "The most important reason why we have decided
to accept the offer is because of the written guarantee from the contractors"
who for years "have never put things in black and white and have only made
The contractors pledged all dockers would get pay rise. They agreed
to allow dockers to stop work for meals or for toilet breaks whenever they
wanted and to improve safety with the help of HIT. They also promised there
would be no retaliation against the strikers.
The strike's positive outcome represents a step
forward not only for Hong Kong workers but also in relation to mainland China.
Protected by its 'Basic Law", the city's British-granted
constitution, Hong Kongers will have to face in the near future the prospect of
coming under Beijing's total control.
19/10/2011 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card. Zen on hunger strike for freedom of education in schools
The cardinal criticizes the decision of the Supreme Court in favour of government control (and China) which is likely to destroy the educational system of the territory, considered among the best. Card. Zen will take only water and communion every day. Revelations of donations received by him, attempt to cast suspicion on use. The long list of help he has provided: scholarships, donations to disaster hit dioceses , theological texts and translations of documents of the Church.
01/09/2012 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong, students still on hunger strike against "national education"
Protest growing: From 80 to 200 high school students. Massive demonstration of teachers 'unions and parents' representatives scheduled tomorrow. According to the reform, the so-called classes of "national education" will address the major scientific and economic achievements of mainland China.
22/10/2011 HONG KONG
Card. Zen ends hunger strike for freedom of Hong Kong Catholic schools
During his three-day fast, hundreds of Church school students, teachers, principals, faithful, local people and politicians visited him and expressed support and concern. The prelate stresses Catholic education values in schools: life education, love, sanctity of marriage, respect for human dignity and morality. Card. Zen rejected again any charge over donation from tycoon Jimmy Lai.
04/09/2012 HONG KONG - CHINA
Protests and strike against the start of 'patriotic' education
Yesterday, the six schools chosen to test the new course responded with a boycott. Catholic schools are leading the fight. The admiralty is still occupied by students. So long as the government does not listen, "We will sit out here and more should join us," they say.
03/09/2012 HONG KONG - CHINA
All-out hunger strike in Hong Kong against China's patriotic education
After yesterday's large-scale demonstration, more students join three hunger strikers protesting in front of Hong Kong's government offices. They want plans to introduce national education courses scrapped. In their view, their purpose is to brainwash residents in the former British crown colony. As anger mounts among the population, local authorities have remained silent.
Trump, Marine Le Pen and the Middle East: Lebanon against walls and divisions
The beginning of the Trump presidency has been characterised by the "babelisation" of American society. Each country pours out his hatred against an external enemy. The current global crisis has religious roots. At the heart of the chaos there is the Jihadi threat. The third world war cannot be won with drones, but with moderation and promoting rapprochement and discussions.
EGYPT - ISLAM
Al Azhar under the influence of Daesh Islamism
The official religious institutions and so-called Islamic universities are the cause of the immobility of the Muslim world. The programs taught and literature used at Al Azhar are the same that are applied on the ground by all armed terrorists. No comparison possible between Al Azhar and the Vatican. The Vatican has hosted Iraqi Muslims and Syrians fleeing the war. Al Azhar has never done anything for Christians and Yazidis. The persecution of Nasr Mohamed Abdellah, eager to modernize Islam. The comment of one Muslim student.
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.