Immigrants targeted to meet demand for building, textile workers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 September, 1997, 12:00am

New arrivals will be targeted for vacancies in industries which could be allowed to import workers.

Secretary for Education and Manpower Joseph Wong Wing-ping said yesterday two working groups had been set up to look at the demand for workers in the construction and textile industries.

He said imported labourers might be needed for positions in which local people were less interested.

'We are going to see how the retraining programmes and labour importation can be matched,' Mr Wong said.

'We will ensure new immigrants are trained to be part of the local labour market.' He was speaking after the opening of the Employment and Guidance Centre for New Arrivals.

Occupying the 12th floor of Marina House in Man Hing Street, Shau Kei Wan, the centre offers job-matching and training.

Labour Advisory Board member, Cheung Lun, said the board would request information on new arrivals from the Immigration Department to see whether they could help ease the labour shortage.

The board tried to prevent labour imports by training local people, he said.