APALA has always stood on the forefront of justice for all workers around the world, and we believe that international solidarity is a core tenant in a strong global labor movement. In particular, APALA has a long and proud history of promoting international solidarity with workers in Asia and the Pacific Rim and has played a strong role in building solidarity with trade union movements in these countries.
In this spirit, we want to stand in strong solidarity with the hundreds of courageous dockworkers in Hong Kong that are currently on strike. On March 28th, 2012 more than 200 dockworkers at Kwai Tsing Container Terminal walked off their jobs in order to demand pay raises and better treatment from the Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT). Unfortunately, HIT has refused so far to negotiate in good faith with the dockers’ unions. Several hundred dockworkers continue to be camped out in front of the container terminal demanding 20 percent pay raises as well as bathroom breaks and resolution of other health and safety issues on the docks.