Lifeguards to meet over dispute plan

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 August, 2004, 12:00am

Lifeguards locked in a pay dispute with the government have given a lukewarm response to the idea of two working groups being set up to discuss their grievances.

'We need to discuss with members in our regular meeting on Tuesday the letter issued by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department,' said Alex Kwok Siu-kit, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union, yesterday.

'However, there seem to be some discrepancies between their proposal and what we asked from them.'

The comment came after the Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced yesterday that it had sent a letter to the union to propose details on setting up two working groups. The groups would study the mechanism for determining the salary of temporary contract lifeguards, and to review the department's employment policy for the lifeguards.

The union has been invited to send representatives to join the two working groups and to discuss the proposal.