Date
26 September 2017
Seven hundred life guards are expected to join a strike on Tuesday, affecting more than a dozen beaches and swimming pools across Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ
Seven hundred life guards are expected to join a strike on Tuesday, affecting more than a dozen beaches and swimming pools across Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

HK life guards set second strike for Tuesday

Hong Kong life guards are planning a second strike to press their demands for increased manpower, higher pay and improved working conditions.

The action is expected to involve 700 members of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Life Guards’ Union.  

It is set for Sept. 9, a public holiday, with a protest rally in Victoria Harbor, union vice president Kwok Siu-kit was quoted as saying.

More than a dozen beaches and swimming pools across Hong Kong will be affected, double the number during a similar strike on Aug. 5.

The union called the strike after a meeting with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) on Tuesday failed to produce a satisfactory outcome for the group, Kwok said.

He said Hong Kong has a shortage 1,300 lifeguards, forcing them to work more than necessary. Also, the union wants the government to raise the salaries of life guards to attract job seekers.

The LCSD agreed to raise wages and hire interns but ruled out a comprehensive review of manpower requirements, the report said.

Meanwhile, the Marine Department blocked a planned protest swim by the group from Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Kwok said the life guards will instead swim along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront before assembling in Kowloon Park.

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