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  1. Sars outbreak cuts into rural income

    Posted Jul 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Migrant labourers see earnings fall 26pc in the second quarter year on year The Sars outbreak took a heavy toll on rural income on the mainland during the second quarter of the year, especially among the millions of migrant workers who lost their jobs in cities, according to the National Statistic Bureau. The average per capita income in rural areas for April to June was 412 yuan ...

  2. Long live the wealth revolution; now it's time for some parity

    Posted Apr 05th 2010, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... widespread social discontent over the ever-widening income gap has become a clear and present danger. According to various estimates, 10 per cent of the mainland's urban households control more ... for wealth redistribution that the widening income gap, left unchecked, could threaten economic development and social stability. Besides boosting spending on education, social security and medical ...

  3. A minimum wage must tackle poverty

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

    ... provide 90 per cent of social services, uses the more appropriate basis of median household income. Using the 2006 bi-census data, the council determines that there are 1.33 million people living ... The gross disparity in income has to be a central part of the discussion about a minimum wage. Hong Kong makes much of its wealth. But beyond the glitz and glamour there are many people who live ...

  4. Wage calls grow as wealth gap widens

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of wage protection for the low-paid amid a migration of jobs to the mainland for the growing disparity. The latest household income statistics showed inequality in the city as measured ... wage legislation by itself was not a solution but would at least help to narrow the income gap. She also hoped the government could create more job opportunities. 'Sectors like logistics, ...

  5. Salary squeeze

    Posted Feb 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Even as the economic recovery continues, more people are earning less than $5,000 a month because employers are still squeezing salaries. Aren't there grounds to keep salary levels up? Share your views: write to us ...

  6. Fair salaries for trainees urged

    Posted Aug 28th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Employers who will decide the salaries of graduate trainees on a government scheme were yesterday warned not to offer too little. 'You get what you pay for,' said Tsang Kin-woo, the Assistant Labour Commissioner. 'There is no rule saying ho ...

  7. Newcomers face the cruellest cuts

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

    ... Most people can shoulder a pay reduction, but when others do the same work for more, the inequality stings, writes C.K. Lau It is a case of 'one staff, two systems' or 'same job, unequal pay'. The row over plans by the Hospital Authori ...

  8. Tax fairness

    Posted Sep 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the poor, whose consumption as a proportion of income tends to be higher than that of the rich. The wages of many lower income workers have been cut over the past five years as a result of deflation. The finance chief has promised not to introduce a sales tax until after three years, by which time the poor will be unlikely to have seen their incomes rise to a level that would ...

  9. Foreign workers offered a way out of tax trouble

    Posted Mar 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu The mainland government will offer foreign workers a one-off chance to clear up personal income tax arrears this year without incurring hefty penalty payments. The administrative concession recently approved by the State Council promises to improve enforcement of personal income tax with minimum disruption to companies' operations and cash flows, according to Ernst & ...

  10. 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, ... HK$6,864. This is below the Hong Kong Council of Social Service's poverty line for a single-income, two-person household. Such a rate would give 439,000 workers a pay rise; it would cost ...




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