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Workers at major southern Chinese port end strike for overtime payment

Workers at major southern Chinese port end strike for overtime payment

Workers at one of the world's busiest ports ended a rare strike for overtime payment after management agreed to come up with a solution next month, the company said Thursday.
Crane operators and truck drivers at the Chiwan Container Terminal in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen had stopped working at midnight on Tuesday, International Labor Day. They complained about wages and have accused management of failing to pay them overtime as required by labor laws.
Qu Jiandong, deputy general manager of the Chiwan Container Terminal, said management has set up a committee to settle the dispute with workers, but did not guarantee to agree to all their demands.
"The issue regarding workers' demands will be resolved in a month," Qu told The Associated Press by phone. "We cannot unconditionally fulfill all their demands. There are regulations in the labor market."
Operations at the port resumed at 5 p.m. (0900 GMT) Wednesday, said Qu, who refused to reveal how many of the 700 workers at the dock went on strike. Only "a small number of people participated," he said.
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post had reported that more than 400 workers staged a sit-in outside the container terminal's headquarters on Tuesday.
Hong Kong's Kerry Holdings Limited, who holds 25 percent of the container terminal, said the company was not in a position to comment as it did not handle the terminal's daily operation, said Emily Kwan, head of corporation communications.
Chiwan Container Terminal is one of the world's busiest. According to its Web site, it processed 5 million 20-foot equivalent units of containers in 2006.
It is a joint venture among Chiwan Wharf Holdings Limited, Kerry Holdings Limited and Hidoney Development Limited.
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Updated : 2021-05-08 19:14 GMT+08:00