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ParknShop store shutdown stirs up labour dispute


Three ParknShop employees reportedly reached out to the Retail, Commerce and Clothing Industries General Union, ahead of the shutdown of the Choi Wan branch last Thursday (25 July).

ParknShop presented all employees at the branch with two options: Relocation or voluntary resignation.

If an employee terminates the contract on his or her end, ParknShop is not legally bound to pay any termination contract fee.

Location is the major reason why employees at Choi Wan store worked there, as most of them live nearby.

Many refused to be relocated and expected to be remunerated by the supermarket giant with a severance payment.

Cheung Lai-ha, executive director of Retail, Commerce and Clothing Industries General Union, estimated that the entire severance payment would be HK$60,000, even though many employees have worked there for over 10 years.

Among the 20 employees, more than half decided to be relocated to Ngau Tau Kok or Kowloon Bay.

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