Hong Kongs Container Truckers: The Mid-Stream Fee Dispute Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

In November 2000, eight members of the Hong Kong mid-stream Operators Association (HKMOA), which controlled 90% of the average flow of container business in Hong Kong, announced that it will charge shippers extra charge. When shippers refused to pay this fee, HKMOA said container truck drivers, which are delivered in mid-stream container depots, pay for it and then claim it back from the shippers. Truckers refused. Series of industrial actions ensued, and the government, shippers, and ships were involved in the subsequent negotiations. Round bout between HKMOA and truck drivers went on in 2001. In the end, HKMOA won: truck drivers had to pay mid-stream fee, although in many cases, could not make up for it by shippers. Why truck drivers are victims HKMOA? As mid-stream operators to win? What can public policy do to prevent such disputes do not occur? What can the truck drivers, who in many cases were self-employed, do to protect yourself from a new charges in the future? "Hide
by Michael Enright, Vincent Mak Source: University of Hong Kong, 11 pages. Publication Date: December 11, 2003. Prod. #: HKU297-PDF-ENG

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