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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    In Hong Kong, this Labour Day lives up to its name

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Labour Day lives up to its name Hong Kong workers marking the Labour Day with protests is nothing new. As in the past, they take to the streets with different demands- ... dragging on for a month. Separately, efforts by Leung Chun-ying to improve general labour rights still leaves a lot to be desired. The rise in the minimum wage by two dollars to HK$30 per hour ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Chamber chief suggests labour import

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... wage has exacerbated the labour shortage for low-skilled jobs that require long working hours, says the head of Hong Kong's largest business organisation. Chow Chung-kong, chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, said consideration should be given to the importation of workers for select industries that were suffering from serious labour shortages. He said ...

  3. Leung 'hasn't thought about labour laws'

    Posted May 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... of inflation, a unionist lawmaker cited the chief executive-elect as saying. Leung's lack of enthusiasm for improving the labour rights of the working class was a letdown, Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan said on radio yesterday. Lee spoke of Leung's comments, allegedly made at a meeting with pan-democrats on Monday, as thousands of Hongkongers marked Labour Day by marching for better ...

  4. First set wage?

    Posted Nov 06th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As the government declares an open mind over a minimum wage, a trade unionist proposes that it first be introduced in the cleaning, food and catering, and security industries. What do you think? Share your views: write to us. ...

  5. 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

    ... 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. ... into the job market, their pay was so low that they still needed assistance. 'The government is subsidising the business sectors for their labour expenses,' he said. 'To plug ...

  6. Slave labour?

    Posted Jan 20th 2004, 12:00am by Sonia Kolesnikov

    ... Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop A survey of foreign maids' employment conditions in Singapore by the Straits Times revealed that their average monthly pay is just S$261 (HK$1,194), typical working hours are from 6am to 9pm (with three in 10 reporting that th ...

  7. Business - Economy - Unemployment

    High minimum wage kills jobs and makes poor worse off

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 11:31am by STEVE HANKE

    ... Merkel for proposing the introduction of a minimum wage law in Germany. In short, Weidmann said this would damage Germany's labour market and be a job killer. He is right. Executives ...

  8. Business - Companies - THE INTERVIEW

    Civil engineer Simon Wong built a small family restaurant business into a HK$1 billion company

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 11:48am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... and do not have the labour to fill the jobs, so logically salaries must go up. With the minimum wage, you can now find easier jobs that pay well. For example, security guards, before the minimum ... This year, there is more space to negotiate with landlords. Two or three years ago, there was no negotiation, especially in popular areas such as Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui. Our labour costs ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Governments in Asia must ensure domestic workers get their fair dues

    Posted Jan 12th 2013, 12:00am by MALTE LUEBKER

    ... called the hidden workforce. But their numbers are huge: in Asia, more than 21 million women and men work as domestic workers, according to a new report from the International Labour ... turn to the labour laws to claim a weekly day of rest, and only 1 per cent could rely on a statutory limit of their working hours. Paid annual leave? Dream on, unless you are among the 3 per ...

  10. Business - Economy - INVESTMENT

    Rising wages and doubts over reform dent business optimism in China

    Posted May 31st 2013, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... optimism takes a hit in China European companies are more pessimistic about profits in China because of rising labour costs and a lack of confidence in reforms, a survey has found. The findings, released yesterday by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, reflect the fading allure of the country's cheap labour that was once effective in luring foreign capital. Foreign ...




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