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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. letters

    Posted Nov 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... years, and Legco is now considering passing a law. There are some benefits to minimum wages. For example, low-wage workers receive higher incomes. This makes many poor people better off. Yet ...

  5. Forced wage rises won't work: official

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in income distribution throughout the labour market. But the government could no longer directly determine workers' salary levels and growth rates as it had done in a planned economy, he said. Mr Qiu said the government had undertaken a series of income-distribution reforms since the 1980s, which had increased productivity, fuelled economic growth and helped most workers. ...

  6. Nation's wealth 'not reflected in our wages'

    Posted Jul 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Almost two-thirds of mainlanders said their incomes lagged behind the country's economic growth, despite official claims that urban workers were seeing their wages rise rapidly, the media reported yesterday. The China Association for Labour Studies said wages grew on average by more than 12 per cent each year between 2002 and last year. But a China Youth Daily ...

  7. Uniformed staff want separate pay grades

    Posted Aug 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung Civilian wage deal 'unfair to ranks' Representatives of Hong Kong's uniformed services staff have joined forces to push for a fully separate pay structure for their members. The Disciplined Services Consultative Council held a ...

  8. Court backs tour guide's pay claim

    Posted Jun 13th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee A group of former tour guides alleges Wing On Travel asked staff to sign an agreement saying service fees charged to tourists are not part of their salary, after they filed a claim for overtime compensation to include the fees. This followed a ...

  9. Settlement payouts not taxable: doctors

    Posted Jun 15th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... applying income tax to the payments, which were allocated to doctors under a settlement agreement with the Hospital Authority. In March last year, Mr Justice William Stone upheld a claim by 165 ...

  10. Reducing the wealth gap will help HK thrive

    Posted Jun 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Governments all over the world worry about income inequality, fearing that the wider the gap between the haves and have-nots, the more likelihood of social discontent. But figures released ... percentage points and the number with incomes of HK$40,000 or more increasing 2 points. Hong Kong's Gini coefficient, used to measure the wealth gap, has increased significantly over the past 10 ...




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