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Construction workers for new Hong Kong border crossing protest over unpaid wages

A group of 100 construction workers have protested at the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point after they were not paid for their work.

The main contractor of the HK$30 billion facility – the seventh land boundary control point – was Leighton Contractors (Asia) Ltd. According to the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions assisting the workers, they were owed a total of HK$5 million by August 7.

However, the subcontractor and the sub-subcontractor of the project told the workers on Thursday that Leighton Asia had not paid them, so they could not pay the workers.

Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point

Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point. Photo: GovHK.

During the protest, the workers held up placards including ones that read “I have a family to feed, give me my hard-earned money back” and “all sweat and no pay.”

The sub-contractor spoke to the workers at noon and said Leighton Asia had promised to transfer the relevant funds to pay the workers by 3pm.

Construction of the boundary control point started in 2013. The facility was expected to be completed this year.

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Posted by 職工盟(HKCTU) on Thursday, 16 August 2018

Leighton Asia was also the main contractor of the Hung Hom Station expansion project, where a scandal was uncovered whereby workers had cut steel bars instead of correctly screwing them into the couplers connecting the platform wall and the floor.

A commission of inquiry into the corner-cutting scandal has been formed.

Construction workers for new Hong Kong border crossing protest over unpaid wages