HK dockworkers accept pay offer, end 40-day strike


Hong Kong dockworkers have accepted a 9.8 percent pay increase, ending a 40-day strike that slowed traffic at one of the world’s busiest ports.

The workers settled their dispute late Monday by agreeing to the pay offer from four middleman contractors that provide staff to a container terminal controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing.

About 450 workers went on strike March 28. They originally demanded a raise of up to 23 percent. They later said they would settle for a double-digit percentage increase.

Li’s port operator company, Hutchison Port Holdings, said it can now “focus on restoring the port to its full operational capabilities.”

The strike delayed cargo being moved on and off ships. Hutchison said last month that 100 ships had reportedly skipped the port because of delays.

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