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  1. Penalty plan may resolve minimum wage row

    Posted Aug 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... emerged as unionists have vowed to force an answer on the issue from the chief executive in his October policy address. A minimum wage has been discussed in the Labour Advisory Board for 18 months without any sign of a truce between the labour camp, which wants legislation, and the employer camp which has proposed a pledge to regulate industry. Labour activists have dismissed the idea ...

  2. 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 ... be below HK$6,000. Some labour representatives have expressed support for an hourly rate of HK$30, which would raise the monthly wage to HK$6,240; HK$33 per hour would equate to HK$6,864. Most ...

  3. Labour chief sees snags with new wage law

    Posted Jul 20th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said yesterday that the enactment of the minimum wage law might lead to unemployment among low-level workers. He also ... for infringement of the minimum wage legislation is three years' imprisonment and a fine of HK$350,000. 'But there's no need to be too worried... the Labour Department will strengthen law ...

  4. Dying to earn: Japan's foreign slave labourers

    Posted Sep 11th 2009, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... from developing countries but has become corrupted into a form of slave labour in which the victims have few rights and even less protection. 'We believe that the system of technical ... 'We do not dispute that the idea of helping developing countries is a good one, but the reality is that companies are using the system to get access to cheap labour.' According ...

  5. Labour board remains split over criminalising failure to pay wages

    Posted Apr 17th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Representatives of bosses and workers on the Labour Advisory Board remain split over a proposal to make non-payment of wages a criminal offence. Speaking after a board meeting, employee representative Ng Wai-yee said bosses who ignored Labour Tribunal orders to pay wages should face heavy penalties. 'Some employers are ruthless and claim they do not have money to pay ...

  6. Unionists set to join minimum wage body

    Posted Feb 27th 2009, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... with the situation said Lau Chin-shek, Kwong Chi-kin and Lee Kai-ming were among the 13 members of the Provisional Minimum Wage Commission which comprises representatives from the labour sector, business ... Retail Management Association, and permanent secretary for labour and welfare Paul Tang Kwok-wai. The commission will advise the administration on the appropriate level of a statutory minimum ...

  7. HK investors seek ruling on grey areas of Labour Contract Law

    Posted Mar 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung in Beijing The central government should clarify grey areas of the new Labour Contract Law, Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress urged. In a proposal ... by every employee or by the majority. 'We are not opposing the Labour Contract Law, but there are many things yet to be made clear,' Mr Fok said. He estimated that about 10,000 Hong Kong ...

  8. Lift firm denies attempt to duck labour law

    Posted Dec 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng International lift manufacturer Otis denied yesterday its wage plan was an attempt to skirt the labour contract law that takes effect next week. Huang Lei, of the company's public relations department, promised that employees who had worked for the company for at least 10 years would be offered open-ended contracts after the introduction of the new labour law. Ms ...

  9. Guangdong firms brace for labour law blow

    Posted Nov 19th 2007, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Guangdong is on the verge of finalising details of a labour law that will place about 20 million factory workers under better welfare protection but add to the burden ... by binding the two parties to a labour contract. Welfare protection such as work hours, extra shift compensation, commission and wages, holidays, arrangement for parting and other benefits ...

  10. Fast-food giants break labour laws: authorities

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

    ... Kevin Huang Some international fast-food chains have violated mainland labour laws by making employees work overtime and not signing employment contracts with some staff, Guangdong labour authorities announced yesterday in response to allegations levelled against McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut. The Guangdong Department of Labour and Social Security yesterday released the results ...




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