A strike at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal in the Port of Hong Kong has entered a 12th day, with no negotiations planned to resolve the dispute, BBC reports.
Dockworkers and crane operators are requesting a pay increase of nearly 20 percent to keep up with inflation over the past decade. The port operator, Hongkong International Terminals, has distanced itself from the dispute, saying that it does not directly hire the workers and therefore cannot negotiate with them.
Meanwhile, large volumes of container traffic are being diverted away from the world’s third-busiest container port as ships face delays of up to 60 hours for unloading.
A spokesperson for Hong Kong’s government said in a written statement that Hong Kong’s labor department continues to actively assist all parties involved in the ongoing labor dispute, which began March 30. The spokesperson said the labor department had been shuttling among the parties concerned “right from the start,” with Matthew Cheung, Hong Kong’s secretary for labor and welfare, actively coordinating to try and plan arrangements for a conciliation meeting to enable direct dialogue to resolve the issues.
“My concern is actually to get all parties concerned around the negotiation table and talk,” Cheung said today in a separate brief. “It may take a bit of time, but still it is important to kick-start the process, kick-start the talks and get everybody around the table.”