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Union seeks 6.3pc pay rise for all civil servants

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 May, 2008, 12:00am

The largest civil service union has demanded a 6.3 per cent pay rise across the board instead of pay trend indicators being used to determine increases for staff in different bands.

Other staff unions have urged the government to award workers in the lower band the same rise as those in the middle band - 5.29 per cent rather than 3.9 per cent.

The four staff consultative councils were required to submit their pay claims by yesterday. The Executive Council may propose pay rise figures for all bands as early as Tuesday.

Li Kwai-yin, of the Chinese Civil Servants' Association, said a 6.3 per cent rise would barely cover inflation, which hit 5.4 per cent last month. 'We are talking about an extra HK$16.60 for junior staff every day. We think the government should sympathise with their situation.'

Leung Tat-wah, of the staff side of the Modal Scale 1 Staff Consultative Council, said pay rises for the lower and middle bands matching the top ones would be too aggressive. 'We don't think we would win public support if we go that far.'

He said the council had urged the government to follow the previous practice of extending the middle band percentage to the lower band to account for the strong inflation.

Poon Wai-ming, of the Senior Government Officers Association, also warned against deviating from previous practice, being concerned that junior staff might face pay cuts if comparisons with the private sector showed they had been overpaid.

Erik Yeung Sei-lap, of the Disciplined Services Consultative Council staff side, hoped the adjustments for the lower band would be the same as the middle band.

A government survey last week showed that pay for civil servants earning HK$45,971 to HK$91,765 a month had increased by 6.9 per cent over the past year. But rises for those earning less than HK$14,990 averaged just 4.47 per cent. Those in the middle - HK$14,990 to HK$45,970 - were awarded 5.87 per cent.