PLAN JUST ANOTHER WAY OF REDUCING SALARIES, SAY DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEES
Consultant Liu Chun-lok, 37, has worked for Hongkong Telecom for 10 years and earns about $30,000 a month.
'I don't agree with the proposal because it's only a modified way of giving us a pay cut. Instead of consolidating strength, Hongkong Telecom has turned on its staff. It's wrong to do this when the toughest battle is still ahead.' Customer service officer James, in his 20s, earns under $20,000 a month. He has been with Hongkong Telecom for more than four years.
'The proposal is worth studying. But details on how to calculate the profits should be provided before it is approved. For example, the company's Interactive Multi-Media System is not expected to produce short-term profits and if it is included in the formula, it will affect our bonus.' Information technology officer Pink Cheung, 30, has been with the company for less than two years.
'To link staff efforts to company profits is a good idea in a certain way. But we are not salesgirls and boys; our efforts cannot be calculated by how many products we manage to sell.' Senior technical officer Desmond Chin, 30, has been with the company for nine years. 'It's a pay cut by another name - that's all. When I joined the company, the 13-month salary was listed in the terms of appointment. This is no way to change it.'