Radio Television Hong Kong
reported “talks between striking dock workers and the contractors who employ them have broken off without any immediate progress" and the strike was expected to continue into its 14th day on Thursday.
It said a three-hour meeting on Wednesday was held under mediation of the Labor Department where the Union of Hong Kong Dockers “expressed their demands on pay, overtime and break times, but there was little chance to discuss them before the employers' called a halt.”
The strike has garnered a lot of attention in Hong Kong
In his “Public Eye” column in the South China Morning Post
, Michael Chugani said “many ordinary Hongkongers are cheering on the strikers with millions of dollars in cash and food donations,”
(Note: One million Hong Kong dollars is equivalent to about $129,000 U.S.) considering the strike to be “a struggle to restore the soul that Hong Kong has lost to the greed that permeates our society.”
Both Chugani and an article in the Wall Street Journal
earlier this week said strikers and their supporters have been vilifying Li Ka-shiing
, chairman of Hutchison Whampoa, which controls Hong Kong International Terminals.
“Once loved as a rags-to-riches superman, Li is now loathed by many Hongkongers. They see him and the other tycoons as having sold Hong Kong's soul to feed their greed,” Chugani wrote. - Chris Dupin