Around 30 cleaners at a public housing estate in Cheung Sha Wan on Tuesday vowed to continue their strike, in protest at what they say is exploitation by the government subcontractor they work for.
The strike started a week ago with the cleaners complaining they were forced to resign and join a new firm, which appears to be closely-tied to the original employer, so the company can avoid giving them severance pay.
Negotiations between the two sides fell through earlier in the day and Denny To from the Confederation of Trade Unions said the company was showing little sincerity in solving the dispute.
"The Man Shun company just offers per year HK$200 only. The government representative just said we will arrange this kind of meeting for us and the company to discuss the compensation problem. Of course it's not reasonable, because the Housing Department has the responsibility to take action on this kind of subcontracting company to make sure the rights of cleaning workers have not been violated," he said.
To said the same situation has also happened at two other public housing estates.
Following the talks at the Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, a representative of the original company appeared to force his way past a group of waiting reporters. He was later arrested after one of the journalists made a complaint to the police.