Date
25 March 2017
One worker became emotional and suddenly lay down on the ground as others blocked off the intersection of Electric Road and Oil Street in North Point. Photos: Metro Daily, Facebook, Google Maps
One worker became emotional and suddenly lay down on the ground as others blocked off the intersection of Electric Road and Oil Street in North Point. Photos: Metro Daily, Facebook, Google Maps

Workers demanding unpaid wages occupy North Point junction

A group of 60 construction workers working on the Island Eastern Corridor staged a wildcat strike Thursday over unpaid wages and occupied an intersection in North Point.

The workers said they were owed 1.5 months of wages by project contractor Tak Cheong Civil Engineering Ltd., amounting to a total of HK$3 million (US$390,000), Metro Daily reported Friday.

The mini-occupation started at around 9 a.m. Thursday.

When the workers were informed that they would not be paid, they rushed to the intersection of Electric Road and Oil Street in North Point, using road signs and garbage cans to block the roads.

One worker became emotional and suddenly lay down on the ground.

Police had to seal off the zone, creating a serious traffic jam in North Point for more than four hours.

Some of the workers said contractors used to pay them before the Lunar New Year, but Tak Cheong said it could not pay them Thursday.

The workers felt helpless, as some did not even have the money to return home for the festival.

In the afternoon, the workers negotiated with the main contractor, and the incident ended when the firm promised to pay them all their wages.

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