In Brief

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 April, 2006, 12:00am

17 HK tourists hurt in crash at Thai resort

Seventeen Hong Kong tourists were injured in a traffic accident in Hua Hin, Thailand, in which three Thais died. Their travel agent, Wing On Travel, said the accident happened at about 10.30pm on Wednesday when a bus carrying 40 Hong Kong tourists crashed into a minibus parked at the roadside. All of the injured Hongkongers were discharged from hospital and the travel agent said it would arrange further medical checks for them in Bangkok before they return to Hong Kong today.


The number of job seekers out of work rose by 4,200 to about 180,000 in March, the highest level so far this year, with no improvement in the jobless rate for the third consecutive month. Last month's unemployment level stood at a 41/2-year low of 5.2 per cent, unchanged since January. The underemployment rate also remained the same at 2.3 per cent. Month-on-month, the communications, miscellaneous personal services and medical services sectors experienced improvements in their jobless rates, while the decoration and maintenance, sanitary services and wholesale and retail trade sectors saw their unemployment situation worsen.

Trade union group wants new blood in leadership

The Federation of Trade Unions is expanding its leadership to make room for more professional-based unionists at the top level. The president, Cheng Yiu-tong, said the move was part of a strategic revamp in response to socio-economic changes, adding that the group would disappear in five to 10 years if it failed to restructure, with the number of blue-collar workers continuing to drop. He said member unions had increased by about 30 to more than 200 in the past three years. But membership numbers dropped from the peak of 310,000 to 290,000-plus by the end of last year.