Pressure on Cafe de Coral

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 November, 2010, 12:00am

A trade union is calling on students to put pressure on restaurant chain Cafe de Coral in the fight for a minimum wage.

Last month the company said it would raise its workers' pay if they gave up their right to a lunch break.

A spokesman for the Catering and Hotels Industries Employees General Union urged schools not to renew their cafeteria contracts with the company, the media reported.

Some companies in Hong Kong pay workers for time spent during their lunch breaks. Others do not. Cafe de Coral is one of those who do.

The union says that if Cafe de Coral workers gave up their lunch breaks, they would end up earning less money even with the pay rise. The chain runs outlets at the University of Hong Kong, City University, University of Science and Technology, Polytechnic University and Lingnan University.

Albert Chau, HKU dean of student affairs, said it would put as much pressure on Cafe de Coral as it could within the rules of its contract. The union wants the chain to raise the hourly wage to at least HK$33.