Coca Cola workers strike against pay cut

Dozens of workers at Swire Beverages, along with members of the Swire Beverages (Hong Kong) Employees General Union went on strike for a second day on Saturday protesting the company forcing a pay cut.

The strikers, most of them from the sales department, started their industrial action at around 8am outside the company’s factory in Sha Tin.

Waving placards and shouting slogans, they protested against the company for forcing a pay cut between HK3,000 to HK$10,000, along with a drastic downward adjustment of their commissions.

The soft drinks company, owned by Swire Group, manufactures, bottles and distributes Coca-cola and related soft drinks in Hong Kong.

A union leader said representatives of the workers are still meeting with the management to discuss their demands, but stressed that the management is stalling in the meeting, asking to schedule meetings with individual staff next week.

“We object to such arrangments and urge the management not to keep on stalling,” said the union leader, adding that they will decide their next move in due course if management has yet to address their demands.

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