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  1. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Lifeguards in Hong Kong strike over influx of mainland tourists to pools and beaches

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 01:52pm by Phila Siu, Lai Ying-kit, Calivin Liu and Brian Yap

    ... Alex Kwok Siu-kit, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union, yesterday said the number of lifeguards in the city was cut from 2,400 to 1,580 in 2004. The number went up ... had come to swim in Hong Kong in recent years, especially after mainland newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily encouraged them to do so last month. He added that a friend working at the Kowloon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1566141/lifeguards-public-pools-and-beaches-hong-kong-strike-over-staff
  2. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Should Hong Kong’s employees have the legal right to ask for flexible working terms?

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 12:46pm by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com As Britain fuels debate over non-fixed work hours and locations, one legislator argues Hong Kong should have regulated work hours first Flexible working: is the city ready? Britain has recently introduced a law to the envy of all Hong Kong workers- they now have the legal right to request flexible working hours and locations. While some labour experts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577644/should-hong-kongs-worker-have-legal-right-ask-flexible-working-terms
  3. LABOUR

    Hong Kong faces shortage of domestic helpers as Myanmese, Bangladeshi maids quit early

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 04:21pm by Phila Siu

    ... factory jobs in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, where they are paid more than the HK$4,010 a month they get in Hong Kong. There are about 320,000 helpers in the city. About half are from ... workers to hire, but now availability is so tight they are no longer given a choice. Six months after the first group of 19 Myanmese arrived in Hong Kong, dozens more have come. But a sixth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570004/hk-faces-growing-helper-shortage-myanmar-and-bangladesh-workers-quit
  4. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    HK$3 rise in Hong Kong’s minimum wage ‘would cost HK$1.4 billion’

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 11:45pm by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com HK$3 minimum wage rise would cost HK$1.4b The city's employers will have to fork out an additional HK$1.4 billion a year if the hourly statutory minimum wage goes up from the current HK$30 to HK$33, the Minimum Wage Commi ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567259/3-rise-hks-minimum-wage-would-cost-hk14-billion-commission-told
  5. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Introducing working hours law for Hong Kong ‘would face uphill battle’

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 04:41am by Phila Siu

    ... of a committee gathering the public's views on a possible law to put in place standard working hours in Hong Kong say the attitudes of employers during a recent public-engagement exercise show how ... of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions. He said he was concerned that because so many people at the sessions loudly opposed standard working hours, the consultancy running the exercise might ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1563057/law-standard-working-hours-hong-kong-would-face-uphill-battle
  6. News - China Insider - LABOUR

    Strike by container truck drivers brings Ningbo road to a standstill

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 09:28pm by Chris Luo

    ... for eight years. The strikers have been staging demonstrations on a major road since Monday and have attempted to stop the passing container trucks near Beilun port, south of Shanghai. Striking ... a major road in Ningbo, prompting thousands of onlookers to gather. Scuffles broke out between demonstrators and police officers who attempted to disperse the crowds, resulting in several people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1578605/strike-container-truck-drivers-brings-ningbo-road-standstill
  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Standard working hours 'good for productivity, jobs'

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 05:55am by Phila Siu

    ... International experience has shown that standard working hours can boost productivity and even create jobs, overseas experts said amid debate about their introduction in Hong Kong. Working shorter hours ... the case of Hong Kong, you've got such low unemployment. The only way to get employment to increase is really to bring in people who are outside the labour force," he said. Professionals ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1582389/standard-working-hours-good-productivity-jobs
  8. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Mainland Chinese engineers can help Hong Kong's projects, ex-civil servant says

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 06:20am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Mainland engineers 'can help HK projects' Hong Kong can look across the border to find more engineers from 2016, if the relevant mainland ... member," Chan, who stepped down recently as president of the 31,500-member Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, said. The city needed up to 40 per cent more engineers than it now had, another ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556871/mainland-chinese-engineers-can-help-hong-kongs-projects-ex-civil
  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Lifeguard strike closes beaches, pools

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:50am by Lai Ying-kit, NRIAN YAP, CALVIN LIU

    ... of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union, said some pool lifeguards worked shifts longer than 10 hours. "We used to have one lifeguard per 100 swimmers and now this has been jacked up to one for every 200; this has maximised the chances of incidents happening," he added. At Hammer Hill Road, leisure and toddlers' pools were closed, but the main pool was open. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567134/lifeguard-strike-closes-beaches-pools
  10. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Police chief snubbed by officers after saying being insulted is 'part of the job'

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:15am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com Police No 2 snubbed over ‘insulting’ remark Police inspectors yesterday snubbed an urgent meeting called by deputy commissioner Alfred Ma Wai-luk to clarify his remark that being insulted was part of their job. A notice is ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580653/police-deputy-chief-snubbed-fellow-officers-after-insulting-remark

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