Date
24 July 2017
An employee posts messages outside Ming Pao's offices in Chai Wan questioning the recent sackings. The newspaper earlier came out with a report on local tycoons and officials named in the Panama Papers. Photos: RTHK, HKEJ
An employee posts messages outside Ming Pao's offices in Chai Wan questioning the recent sackings. The newspaper earlier came out with a report on local tycoons and officials named in the Panama Papers. Photos: RTHK, HKEJ

Ming Pao staff union mulls action after management snub

Members of Ming Pao Staff Association said Thursday they were very disappointed after management rejected their request for a meeting, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

They said it is possible that they might take some action after discussing the matter with their employers.

Ming Pao Group on Wednesday announced that it was dismissing the executive chief editor of its Chinese newspaper, Keung Kwok-yuen, and several other staff members amid “operating difficulties”.

The move shocked the newspaper staff, with the staff union demanding that management reinstate the sacked employees as well as explain plans for future cost-cutting.

On Thursday, it asked to meet with management to discuss the issues, only to be rejected.

Ming Pao Group chief executive Tiong Kiew-chiong was quoted by the union as saying that he has nothing to add to what he said Wednesday and management has no plans to meet with union members in the near future.

The union turned to Lee Yin-king, Ming Pao Daily’s human resources head, to ask if more employees will be sacked, but she said the question should be taken to chief editor Chong Tien-siong, who made the decision to let Keung go.

Kevin Lau, who was replaced by Chong in 2014, posted an article on his Facebook account Thursday, saying Keung’s leaving is definitely a loss to both the newspaper and its readers.

Ming Pao staff union raises doubts about senior editor’s sacking (Apr. 21, 2016)

Press freedom: Why the worries will only grow (Apr. 21, 2016)

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