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  1. Advisory board backs cut in wages levy Joshua But

    Posted Oct 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Labour Advisory Board voted unanimously yesterday to endorse a proposal to cut the levy of the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund, which exceeded HK$1 billion this month. The levy, which helps settle workers' unpaid wages and is included in Business Registration Certificate fees, will be cut from HK$600 to HK$450 a year. The 671 applications of the fund this year ...

  2. Outspoken members dumped as advisory board restructured

    Posted Jun 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong and Denise Hung The government's advisory body on strategic development has been radically restructured, with specialist sub-committees being removed and the number of members cut from 152 to 67. A sub-committee that advised on constitutional change has been scrapped, along with outspoken members including veteran Democrat Martin Lee Chu-ming, Civic Party member ...

  3. Critics urge top advisory bodies to open up meetings to the public

    Posted Feb 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Helen Wu and Cheung Chi-fai Critics and academics have called on the government to make the meetings of its major advisory boards more open to the public to enhance their transparency ... of government advisers unless it could see what the bodies had said and done. 'The public seems to have confidence in the experts of the Antiquities Advisory Board and trusts them to work ...

  4. Deal reached on how to gauge pay scheme

    Posted May 12th 2007, 12:00am by Audrey Parwani

    ... the median wage for those sectors. At the first Labour Advisory Board meeting to consider how to gauge the scheme's success, it was agreed considerations should include pay trends, the number ... believe all workers need to benefit from the movement,' said Ng Wai-yee, of the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions. Ms Ng agreed employers should be given time to comply ...

  5. Paul Tang lined up as next labour chief

    Posted Feb 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... expiring. Mr Cheung has a good and close relationship with representatives of labour unions. Mr Kwong said the members of the Labour Advisory Board had written a letter to Chief Executive Donald ... Denise Hung Director of Social Welfare Paul Tang Kwok-wai is set to succeed Matthew Cheung Kin-chung as permanent secretary for economic development and labour next month- seen as a hot ...

  6. Labour chief reluctantly enters retirement after 35-year career

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... for a further 12 months when he was due to retire last year. Unionist legislators and the Labour Advisory Board wrote to the chief executive to ask for another extension when Mr Cheung's term ... Anita Lam Working an average 13-hour day, six days a week has been routine for the outgoing labour chief for the past 35 years- and he is going to miss it all. At a farewell gathering ...

  7. Homes for the elderly face labour crunch

    Posted Aug 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in a specific industry must be agreed upon by employer and employee groups and considered justified by the Labour Advisory Board. Hard labour The average monthly salary of Hong Kong elderly-home carers ... to close. Chan Chi-yuk, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Association of Private Homes for the Elderly, said more than 90 per cent of its members had said they face labour shortages. Homes ...

  8. Advisory body to meet in public

    Posted Apr 21st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... After 30 years of deliberating behind closed doors, the Antiquities Advisory Board decided yesterday it will start holding meetings in public. Beside opening up hearings on controversial projects involving heritage sites, agendas and documents will also be released. The new policy will start with the next board meeting in May. However, some members held differing interpretations ...

  9. A worker's utopia? Not as long as labour pains dog those on the bottom rungs

    Posted Jul 01st 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... small,' he said. The Labour Advisory Board is still debating the benchmarks to gauge the success of the voluntary scheme. But overall, sentiment is sceptical. Six months into the programme, ... labourer, and they will tell you tales of the good old days when a monthly income of HK$20,000 was the norm rather than the exception. But the 1997 global stock market crisis shattered their dreams. ...

  10. Labour pains

    Posted Mar 15th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... of the owners' corporations, but how can you expect minority property owners to take up the responsibilities when even corporates don't.' The Labour Advisory Board will discuss the movement ... years after the mainland- notorious for its labour abuses. The move didn't come through legislation, but as a voluntary campaign in which employers are accredited for paying their workers ...




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