Radio Television Hong Kong
said on its Website that "striking dockers have vowed to escalate their industrial action, if port contractors stick to their 7-percent pay offer in talks tomorrow afternoon. The decision was made at a meeting of some 300 strikers."
A news report on the broadcaster's Website said Tuesday's negotiations would be the third round of talks mediated by the Labor Department
- on the 20th day of the strike over pay and working conditions.
Hong Kong Labor Secretary, Matthew Cheung, said he was optimistic the dispute would soon be resolved.
The Hong Kong newspaper The Standard
quoted union leader Stanley Ho of the Union of Hong Kong Dockers of accusing port operator Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) of playing with figures after it issued a statement saying that operations at the port had largely returned to normal. Workers are striking contractors at the HIT terminal
At a meeting of Gemini Shippers Association last week, some shippers said they were attempting to avoid the impact of the strike by switching shipments to carriers who did not call at the HIT terminal. - Chris Dupin