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  1. Making the maths add up on a minimum wage

    Posted Dec 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The debate over what the government should set as an appropriate minimum wage for Hong Kong is heating up, with interest groups resorting to increasingly provocative tactics. Perhaps ... to the debate. The chamber has calculated for its submission to the Provisional Minimum Wage Commission that a level of HK$5,000 a month would lead to the loss of at least 100,000 jobs, pushing ...

  2. Hopes high for a wealthier, greener and fairer world- Minimum Wage

    Posted Jan 01st 2010, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung After a long wait and much debate, Hong Kong is expected to get its minimum wage law this year. It hasn't been easy. Labour unions, economists and officials have offered competing ideas on how much it should be and its impact on the job market. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung (pictured), the secretary for labour and welfare, says his top priority will be getting the new ...

  3. In Brief

    Posted Nov 04th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the 1,178 respondents said they felt illegal employment had had a serious impact on the labour market. The Legislative Council will debate a motion tomorrow on ways to combat mainlanders engaging ... official should have 15 minutes to speak in the policy address debate in January. ...

  4. A wage that's affordable, and affords a decent life

    Posted Apr 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong is wealthy. On a global ranking of average per capita income, it stands seventh out of 181 economies, beside Switzerland, a notch below the US, and above Ireland, Canada, Australia and Britain. With such riches, all residents should be able to live decently with dignity. Yet some of the salaries touted in the continuing debate on a minimum wage would be considered ...

  5. Government must take lead on minimum wage

    Posted Apr 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... debate, panels and consultation and with the law approved and about to be enacted, some are doing their best to find loopholes. Having had their way for so long thanks to employee protections ...

  6. Unions predict big Labour Day turnout as wage floor looms

    Posted Apr 27th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... The fierce debate over how high to set the city's first minimum wage will bring protesters onto the streets in record numbers for the annual Labour Day march, unionists believe. 'After years of hard work, finally we will have a minimum wage. We have to drum up support for setting a wage level that can give workers a decent standard of living,' Cheung Lai-ha, ...

  7. Issuing shopping coupons is not the way to deal with crisis

    Posted Dec 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... There has been much debate about issuing shopping coupons. Those who support such a scheme argue it would stimulate an already weak retail market. They fail to realise that the administrative costs would be high. Another concern is that the coupons would cultivate a culture of public dependency on the government. It is necessary to find short-term measures to boost the economy ...

  8. Unconscionable to set minimum wage too low

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

    ... Following passage of the minimum wage law, debate is now focused on reaching an agreement on the initial level. The labour side favours an hourly rate of HK$33 while most employers have agreed on HK$28 - a slight improvement from the abysmal HK$20 put forward earlier by Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, who represents the catering industry in the Legislative Council. Even Cheung now seems ...

  9. Mainland maids: a minefield in the making?

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

    ... the flow of mainland mistresses. The mainland maid debate, which has lingered for years, rages anew as Hong Kong and the mainland become increasingly integrated. No doubt, as the two become closer, ...

  10. A minimum wage must tackle poverty

    Posted Oct 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a worker to live with dignity and support at least one family member. Debate among officials and lawmakers about a minimum wage is heated. For all their arguments, though, the matter should ...




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