Stall operators in Tsing Yi’s Cheung Fat Market are accusing the new management company of targeting them after they went on strike to protest its hiring by the building owner.
They said Uni-China (Market) Management Ltd. served them what amounts to closure notices last week in retaliation for their mass action, Apple Daily reports.
In February, they went on a week-long strike after Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Link REIT) outsourced the management contract to Uni-China, saying they were not consulted.
Clashes broke out after Link REIT brought in its own people to run the stalls.
In letters to stall owners, Uni-China said they will not be allowed to operate from Oct. 1 when the market undergoes renovation.
Li Kam-yuen, chairman of the stall operators federation, said the notice amounts to a closure order and was in retaliation for the strike.
He said the operators have no choice but to close and leave.
A stall owner who has been doing business in the market for 27 years, said the tenants will be forced to move anyway because Uni-China will raise the rent after the renovation.
Link REIT told Apple Daily it has left all management are lease-related matters to Uni-China.
Uni-China said it is in talks with individual stall owners but did not elaborate.
Link REIT moves anger stall owners at Tsing Yi market (Feb. 16, 2016)
– Contact us at [email protected]