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  1. China's labour trap

    Posted Jul 29th 2006, 12:00am by Han Dongfang

    ... Han Dongfang Local governments across mainland China have been raising their minimum-wage levels, this year, in response to growing labour shortages. In Shenzhen, the government passed ... or on rest and vacation days, according to a recent research report issued by the State Council. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions found this year that around 70 per cent of the country's ...

  2. China's neglected 'Untouchables'

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the 'Untouchables' in the Indian caste system. At least 40,000 migrant workers are injured every year in Guangdong alone, according to Li Qiang, executive director of China Labour Watch. Over the past two ... but they are being laid off in massive numbers: 35 million workers between 1997 and 2002. Qiao Jian, dean of labour relations and head of the labour union department at the China Institute of Industrial ...

  3. Government denied on evidence for maids' case

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com The government is trying to enter as evidence estimates that 'great numbers' of Filipino maids would become permanent Hong Kong residents in its fight against foreign domestic workers who are seeking right of abo ...

  4. 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 in the cities. But what most of the news articles failed to mention is at least 200 million of China's 690 million city-dwellers- and as many as 250 million, according to some estimates- are still ...

  5. Sweeten the rewards of politics

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching The current chief executive and his predecessor have both cited Hong Kong's shortage of political talent, and the immaturity of its political parties, as reasons for delaying the adoption of universal suffrage. To encourage wider involvement in politics, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has created new positions in executive agencies for people who want to dedicate ...

  6. Political Animal

    Posted Apr 05th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... destination for Chinese leaders. Political Animal has learned that former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa will spend the Easter holiday with his wife Betty, their children and grandchildren in Japan, just days after Mr Tsang took a post-election break in the country. A knowledgable source said the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference vice-chairman wanted to take his ...

  7. Question of the week: Which political figure do you admire the most?

    Posted Apr 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Sharon Luk, 14 George Washington is the political leader I admire the most. He was born at a time when slavery was allowed, but felt that slavery was wrong. Even though he didn't make ... included, could learn a lesson from his simple but implacable political philosophy. I also feel he was a tremendous influence on people like Martin Luther King and has changed our world ...

  8. Part-time judges' political ties backed

    Posted Jul 25th 2006, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Part-time judges will continue to be allowed to maintain affiliations with political organisations, following support from members of the legal community and a human rights group. The secretary for justice had no wish to amend guidelines that require full-time judges to stay out of politics, but put no such restrictions on part-timers, legislators were told ...

  9. Chief Justice bars judges from active politics

    Posted Jun 17th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang yesterday issued a new guideline to part-time judges, barring them from actively participating in political parties. The move follows ... to be members of political parties. However, full-time judges are barred from being party members. Mr Li said there was a need for judges to avoid the possibility of being biased. It was thus ...

  10. No cure for politics in health care

    Posted Jul 04th 2006, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung If you believe media speculation, you may think the government's public consultation on reforming health-care funding might be delayed for political reasons. Namely, ... that reforming health-care financing, in all countries, is as much about politics as economics. In Hong Kong, the debate has been with us for almost two decades: the 'problem' has yet ...




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