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  1. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    HK lawmakers call for rise in minimum wage

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 12:00am by Phila Siu

    ... the salary floor, which was introduced in May last year. Twenty-four supported an increase to at least HK$33 an hour. A higher wage floor - HK$35 an hour - is being sought by five pan-democratic parties, including People Power and the Labour Party, as well as the pro-government Federation of Trade Unions. Two other pan-democratic parties, the Democratic Party and the Civic Party, support ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Construction industry tops survey of Q3 hiring plans

    Posted Jun 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Rick Gangwani Hiring intentions are on the rise, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. At 14 per cent, the 'net employment outlook' - the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in employment at their location minu ...

  4. NPC wants to open its ranks to migrant workers

    Posted Mar 09th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... delegates are from several key sectors, including workers and farmers, cadres, intellectuals, democratic and non-party patriotic factions and overseas Chinese. Shandong NPC delegate Wang Quanjie ...

  5. Democrat wants law on 44-hour working week

    Posted May 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... His bill would avoid the more controversial issue of setting a minimum wage Legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo is preparing to submit a bill that would set the maximum working week at 44 hours - an attempt to speed up the passage of legislation to bring in the controversial measure. Under the Democratic Party lawmaker's proposal, the regulated maximum working week would ...

  6. Democrats in a sticky situation

    Posted Oct 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... Chris Yeung The Democratic Party hopes to function as the glue that holds together the 25 pan-democracy legislators, according to a vice-chairman, Lee Wing-tat. 'It's not easy ... was a possible split if we refused to support it [so] we agreed to the motion. We must unite if we want to strive for a majority, or near majority, of the pan-democratic force in Legco.' Mr Lee said ...

  7. Motion sets first test of democrats' solidarity

    Posted Oct 08th 2004, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung How well the democratic camp gels in the new legislature will be put to the test next week when bread-and-butter livelihood issues top the agenda. The first two motion debates ... of how the various sections of the democratic camp can co-operate. A motion to be tabled by pro-democracy unionist Leung Yiu-chung calls for more aid for disabled people. The government is also ...

  8. Democrat wants curbs on long work hours

    Posted Sep 28th 2004, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung The Democrats are to push for legislation requiring bosses to pay employees for working long hours. Party legislator-elect Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said he would write soon to Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa seeking his consent to introduce a private member's bill on maximum working hours. Under the proposal, workers would not work more than 44 hours per week ...

  9. A good week for ...

    Posted Dec 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and his fellow Democrats ahead of next year's vote. The Labour Department said the jobless rate fell from October's 9 per cent to 8.6 per cent in November, a 21/2 year low. ...

  10. Hongkongers may dodge new tax after U-turn

    Posted Sep 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Chinese nationals from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are likely to be exempt from the mainland's new social security tax going into effect next month. But all expats from countries that have not signed bilateral ...




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