More than 30 workers block road near HK’s Queen Mary Hospital over labour row at construction site

27-Oct-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM Print This Post

A labour dispute at a construction site led to more than 30 workers blocking a busy road for more than half an hour near a Hong Kong public hospital on Tuesday.

Officers including personnel from the Police Tactical Unit usually deployed for crowd control were called to the scene along Pok Fu Lam Road near Queen Mary Hospital at about 8.45am, after reports that between 30 and 40 workers had blocked the site’s entrance and occupied the four-lane road.

“Due to an emergency incident, all lanes of Pok Fu Lam Road near Queen Mary Hospital were closed to all traffic,” the Transport Department said in a statement at 9.04am, adding that affected bus routes had been diverted and motorists advised to use alternative routes. At 9.31am, it said all the affected lanes had been reopened to traffic.

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A police spokesman said the Central-bound lanes were reopened shortly after officers arrived and persuaded workers to leave the road and return to the pavement.

Officers were investigating the incident, the spokesman said, adding the Labour Department had been informed.

A force insider said the incident was sparked by some workers who had been laid off, but added no arrests were made and the Labour Department was looking into the case.

According to a Queen Mary spokesman, some 100 workers involved in the dispute were part of a subcontractor company at the hospital’s redevelopment site.

The company’s contract with the main contractor was in the process of being terminated. However, a check by the labour and architectural services departments found no failure in paying the workers’ wages, the spokesman added.

The hospital said ambulance and clinical services were unaffected by the incident.


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