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Maids and judges: who deserve a bigger raise?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 12:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 12:26pm

Hong Kong gave pay raises to two groups of people recently. The city's 300,000 foreign domestic helpers had their minimum wage bumped up 4.8%, or HK$180 per month. "Too big," says a representative of their employers, who believes 3% would have been much more reasonable. 

Meanwhile, the city's judicial elite of 144 judges got a 5.66% pay rise. The response from concerned groups -- lawmakers and lawyers -- however, is quite different. They believe the judges' pay, which ranges between HK$200,000 and HK$250,000 a month, is still too low to attract top judicial talent. 

Both groups are hard-working and indispensable to Hong Kong. But who deserves a bigger raise? 

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