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  1. Can giving workers days off help productivity?

    Posted Aug 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... In the second of our three-part series, Patsy Moy reports on a recent forum on businesses' social responsibilities. Today: help staff to help the firm The Labour Department plans ... the labour chief says. Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Matthew Cheung Kin-chung made the remarks at the Business Leaders' Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility ...

  2. Unionist floats idea for a labour party

    Posted Feb 17th 2006, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung A new middle-of-the-road labour party should be formed to push for gradual democratic change while still being able to communicate with the central government and upholding ... with 'a future' for constitutional reform and neither could the democrats and pro-Beijing parties. 'The only hope lies with a labour party which could communicate with Beijing,' he ...

  3. Firms say new labour law is a step backwards

    Posted Mar 21st 2006, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Plans for a new law regulating employment contracts have sparked protests from foreign companies concerned it will put more power into the hands of the government-backed trade union. According to a draft of the Labour Contract Law, released late last night, the union would have to be consulted about mass layoffs and approve companies' rules ...

  4. Labour shortage likely to worsen

    Posted Feb 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Leu Siew Ying in Guangzhou Guangdong's labour shortage problem will worsen this year because the province has not improved working conditions in a market that remains tight, a labour expert has warned. Pearl River Delta companies were losing out to employers in the Yangtze River Delta and elsewhere because they paid less and did not comply with labour laws on issues ...

  5. 'Labour bureau the key to a quiet life'

    Posted Jan 11th 2006, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Mainland contacts count in a dispute, says expert Dennis Wong Yan-sang has a motto for managers of mainland employees: make friends with labour bureau officials. In an economy where laws and rules on labour rights are either absent or vague, Mr Wong said local labour officials are always the best arbitrators when disputes between bosses and employees arise. 'The ...

  6. Don't abuse labour scheme, bosses told

    Posted Jan 13th 2006, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Senior manpower officials vowed yesterday that they would not tolerate employers who abused a pilot labour import scheme by replacing local garment factory workers with mainlanders. ... for Economic Development and Labour Stephen Ip Shu-kwan said: 'We will not consider an employer's application if we find out that he is trying to abuse the scheme.' The scheme allows ...

  7. Labour influx splits lawmakers in Macau

    Posted Feb 01st 2006, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... on whether the expansion should be allowed to continue. The latest figures show that a further 39,411 non-resident workers entered Macau last year, up 42 per cent on 2004. The Labour Affairs Bureau ... in 2007.' But pro-democracy lawmaker Antonio Ng Kuok-cheong demanded that the government slow down the influx of workers and revise labour-import schemes. 'Strong GDP growth in 2004 [of 28.6 ...

  8. One-child policy hits labour market

    Posted Feb 20th 2006, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih China's industrial south is facing a crisis as a new generation of workers pass over factory jobs in search of better pay A labour crisis created by China's ... Among the employers battling to recruit workers is Willie Fung Wai-yiu, chairman of Hong Kong-listed brassiere-maker, Top Form International. A key reason for the labour problems ...

  9. Imported labour could cost jobs, workers fear

    Posted Jan 16th 2006, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung A labour group yesterday criticised the government for launching the pilot labour import scheme without sufficient consultation with workers, saying the policy would worsen ... to re-enter the industry, adding that it was untrue that some areas faced labour shortages. 'I lost my sewing job in 1992 when the boss moved his garment factory to the mainland,' Yiu ...

  10. Jobless rate falls, but so does labour force

    Posted Feb 18th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... 5.3 per cent in December, the news on the unemployment front was not so good, as the drop in the jobless rate was accounted for by the reduction in the labour force. There were 174,000 people ... when the number of people in work reached a record high, last month the total employed population shrank by about 4,500 to almost 3.43 million. The labour force also declined by 12,400 month ...




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