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  1. Unconscionable to set minimum wage too low

    Posted Sep 29th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... for paying some of the lowest wages. Employees have to toil long hours doing repetitive work, often in an unpleasant environment. Even though they are supposed to work eight hours a day, many ...

  2. NPC approves Chen Deming as commerce chief, passes seven bills

    Posted Dec 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and vice-premier, cabinet ministers, new chairman of the Central Military Commission and heads of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Xinhua reported. Chen Deming , 58, formally replaced Bo Xilai as the country's top trade and commerce official, the session announced yesterday. Mr Chen had been deputy head of the National Development and Reform ...

  3. Mainland maids: a minefield in the making?

    Posted Sep 30th 2009, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng Hong Kong's economic miracle was created by China's economic reform and open-door policy in the 1970s. This dramatic shift of our economy saw the rise of a new middle class, providing opportunities for both parents to work. The new trend gave rise to the need for domestic helpers to take care of young children and elderly grandparents at home. ...

  4. Missing the point

    Posted Mar 21st 2009, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... the Hunghom Peninsula from the government for half the asking price in 2004. His case raised huge concerns that a directorate-grade civil servant may use his position to confer a benefit in return ...

  5. To serve and collect

    Posted Aug 16th 2008, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... official to join a property developer triggered widespread condemnation. Both incidents have revealed deep-seated problems about the systems governing the matters in question. The fire hazards ... by a property developer does not fall foul of existing rules governing the post-service employment of retired civil servants. But the public does not accept that a retired senior official formerly ...

  6. A dead hobby horse

    Posted Mar 28th 2009, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... as well as being a natural part of career development. Once equipped with the skills and experience, these interns will be more employable. However, cynics seem to have ignored the true merits ...

  7. No more gravy train

    Posted Mar 14th 2009, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng The controversy which involved former official Leung Chin-man's move to take up a lucrative position with a property developer seems to be gathering steam again as the Legislative Council moves to invoke special powers to kick off another inquiry. The investigation is expected to reignite public debate over the post-retirement employment of ex-civil servants, ...

  8. Doctored honours

    Posted Mar 29th 2008, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... years' service. From 2003 to 2006, the turnover of public hospital doctors almost doubled, from 3.7 to 6.7 per cent. There is a yawning gap developing at the middle level, as many vacancies ...

  9. Up to 41 million mainland jobs lost, study says

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... In a news conference to brief on the think tank's report, Professor Tang Min , the deputy director general of the China Development Research Foundation, said that its estimated 41 million lay-offs meant that about 40 per cent of the job losses caused by the global financial crisis were in China. Tang, the former chief economist of Asian Development Bank, China, did not elaborate ...

  10. Third of China's city-dwellers are still second class citizens

    Posted Apr 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland It made headlines around the world at the beginning of this year when government statisticians announced that more than half of China's 1.35 billion people now live ... it remains firmly in place for a long time to come. Although the hukou system is deeply iniquitous and a drag on China's economic development, employers - and some local governments - like ...




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