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Standing shoulder and shoulder despite continued tough outlook
Article Date: 08/04/2017

• 3% increase in basic salary from May for external contractor workers despite challenging business outlook
• HIT will continue to invest to enhance the working environment and improve occupational safety in bid to raise the terminals’ competitiveness

(Hong Kong, 8 April 2017) Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT) today announced that service contract agreements have been reached with external contractors for 2017-2018.

HIT spokesperson said that the business environment has continued to be tough over the past year. The terminals’ throughput was down for six consecutive years with almost 20% fall. Challenges remain ahead for the terminals industry, and the company has to maintain its competitiveness, so as to prepare for any upturn in throughput. In setting the new service agreements with external contractors, HIT has thoroughly considered a host of factors including stable pay and adequate workload for workers from the external contractors, the company’s performance, as well as the industry’s outlook.

External contractors also announced a 3% increase in basic salary for the coming year, a level that is above the inflation rate of 2.3% for 2016. Additionally, individual companies will be making minor upward adjustments according to their respective business circumstances. Since 2011, external contractor workers have received annual pay rises above inflation rates. In the past years (2011-2017), the aggregate salary increase is 54.97%.

Over 96% of external contractor workers have given written consent to the pay rise.

In recent years, HIT has actively communicated with external contractors and workers, and made significant improvements to enhance the work environment. Over the past year, a series of measures has been introduced to upgrade our facilities and further strengthen occupational safety as we commit to enhancing the working environment for our staff. These changes include new crane cabins, stockrooms, ergonomic cabin chairs, additional shower facilities and water dispensers, as well as the installation of more fans.