The Hong Kong dockworkers strike has come to an end.
Hongkong International Terminals said late Monday that the striking dockworkers have accepted a 9.8 percent pay raise for all of the job types offered by external contractors. The dockworkers’ union did not respond to a request for comment.
The strike dragged on for four weeks, prompting Hongkong International Terminals to hire more than 30 new stevedores through an external contractor to fill the gap in its workforce. The port is one of the world’s busiest trading hubs.
“This is beneficial for all parties involved,” HIT said. “The workers can return to their posts, and the company can focus on restoring the port to its full operational capabilities.”
The dockworkers have been demanding a 17 to 20 percent pay raise, claiming that their pay had been lower than it was in 1997. The strikers had declined an earlier offer for a 7 percent pay hike.
The striking dockworkers had made their presence felt in recent weeks. About 300 striking dockworkers caused a traffic jam on a road near the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals one morning, causing at least 50 cars and trucks to be stuck, according to The South China Morning Post.