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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Workers at Swire Beverages strike over increased workload

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 03:25pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... Lai Ying-kit yingkit.lai@scmp.com More than 100 workers at Swire Beverages went on strike on Thursday to demand more staff to help them deal with their increased workload. The strikers, most of them storage and delivery workers, started their industrial a ...

  2. News - World - POLITICS

    Alex Salmond reaches out to Scottish Labour voters in independence push

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 06:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Aberdeen, Scotland Scottish leader woos Labour voters Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond yesterday urged Scots to look beyond party politics and break the 307-year union ... to opposition Labour voters, many of whom bitterly oppose the SNP, which dominates Scotland's parliament. Salmond can count on concern among Labour voters about a continuing Conservative-led ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONSTRUCTION

    Labour imports could reduce building costs, but no guarantee home prices would fall

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 03:43pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com While a worker shortage at sites is put as high as 20,000, some analysts doubt that lower building costs alone will make homes more affordable Labour imports ... by an increasing number of public and private projects and a shortage of labour, might be reduced by importing at least 10,000 skilled workers, property analysts said. However, industry insiders ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Import more workers to ease the labour crunch

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 04:21am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial A way round the labour crunch Manpower shortages have long been an issue of concern in Hong Kong. Rapid economic development and changing demographics mean there is growing pressure to find the right person for the job. In February, the financial chief warned that a labour shortage in the construction industry would affect the delivery of infrastructure projects. ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong can have zero tolerance for forced labour by domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial No tolerance for forced labour Hong Kong has an armoury of options for prosecuting offences associated with human trafficking under the Crimes Ordinance, Immigration ... for the purpose of prostitution rather than, say, for forced labour. Given that from January to July last year, 2,172 foreign domestic workers were granted visa extensions to resolve legal disputes ...

  6. News - World - LABOUR

    US labour contractor liable for abuse of Thai workers on Hawaii farms

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 04:11am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Honolulu US firm liable for abuse of Thai farm workers A federal judge has found a US labour contractor liable for discrimination and abuse of hundreds of Thai workers at Hawaii farms. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination labour laws, announced the ruling against California-based Global ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Ambulancemen's union threatens protest over paramedics' subsidy

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com New Year campaign for first increase in rate of subsidy paid to trained paramedics since 1988 Union calls for protest banners on ambulances An ambulancemen's union has threatened to stage a protest on New Year&# ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    'Don't believe news of labour shortage': Trade unions slam plans to import builders

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 09:12pm by Ernest Kao

    ... of a local labour shortage was fake, as they lashed out at the MTR Corporation’s plan to hire foreign labour for an express rail project. The Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) said employers and the government were inventing a labour shortage in the construction industry as a “smokescreen” to import labour and push down wages in the market. The unions argue that companies can easily hire from ...

  9. News - Asia - TRADE RELATIONS

    Toyota suspends production in India as efforts to agree labour deal fail

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 10:25pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Up to 6,400 employees locked out as efforts to agree labour deal fail, amid claims of threats against management and deliberate stoppages Toyota halts ... stoppages, as efforts to hammer out a labour deal failed. The fresh strife comes as a blow to Japanese efforts to boost ties with India to counter-balance China's growing influence ...

  10. News - World - BRITAIN

    British referendum on EU unlikely before 2020 if Labour wins power, says Ed Miliband

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 11:37am

    ... A future Labour government would hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) before 2020 only if more powers were transferred to Brussels, party leader Ed Miliband has ... But Miliband’s calibrated referendum pledge means that if the opposition Labour wins power, or if it has to share power with the Liberal Democrats, there would be little prospect of a vote on Britain’s ...




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