In Brief

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 February, 2005, 12:00am

Workers slam cut in hardship allowance

The Government Employees Association yesterday accused the administration of being unfair in cutting the hardship allowance payable for workers doing unpleasant duties. The association said some staff working in wet markets or responsible for rubbish disposal had been told their allowance would be scrapped or reduced from April. Pay cuts will range from $300 to about $1,000 a month, according to the association.

Power Tie-up may not bring lower bills

Tie-ups between electricity suppliers would not necessarily lead to price cuts because interconnections required more spending on infrastructure, the government warned. Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Miranda Chiu Shung-kwok said supplies could become unreliable without more capital spending.