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  1. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Police rehiring plan may derail talks on raising retirement age, unions fear

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:06am by Lana Lam

    ... non-civil-service contracts. They would support frontline officers but would not be involved in force duties such as executing search warrants. The plan was understood to have taken effect last week, ... the government plan, new recruits to the disciplined services- including the police- would work until age 57, with an option to work until 60. Junior Police Officers Association chairman Joe Chan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556677/police-rehiring-plan-may-derail-talks-raising-retirement-age-unions
  2. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Wanted: 240 new prison guards as older ones retire

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 05:16am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com Correctional services is hiring again to replace retiring staff- and it will speed up the process Wanted: 240 new prison guards to learn the ropes The Correctional Services Department is hiring for the third time in two years as it braces for a new round of retirements. The department, which usually holds a recruitment exercise just once a year, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555655/wanted-240-new-prison-guards-older-ones-retire
  3. News - China - LABOUR

    Guangdong collective bargaining proposal seen as bellwether for China

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:13am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau mimi.lau@scmp.com Labour regulations proposed in Guangdong would establish a legal framework for collective negotiations between workers and management Hard bargaining In August, ... work hours, rest days, workload, occupational safety, health and legal protections- provided that one third of employees submitted a written request. Employers would have 30 days to respond. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1547574/guangdong-collective-bargaining-proposal-seen-bellwether-china
  4. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Civil service union calls for pay rise to match inflation

    Posted May 16th 2014, 07:54pm by Tony Cheung

    ... to impress unions Low-income earners in the civil service have denounced an annual government study that proposes higher pay rises for their counterparts who are already drawing better salaries. The study recommends pay increases of 3.8 per cent, 4.71 per cent and 5.96 per cent for government employees in the lower, middle and upper salary bands, respectively. A civil service union ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1513595/civil-service-union-calls-pay-rise-match-inflation
  5. News - China - LABOUR

    Rare decision: Xiamen labour panel punishes foreign-run company in dispute over workers' strike

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 12:08pm by Keira Lu Huang

    ... Keira Lu Huang keira.huang@scmp.com Legal experts say ruling is 'rare' as companies usually win the upper hand in such cases due to loopholes in the law A labour dispute ... Legal expert The panel ruled yesterday that the workers had reasonable cause not to show up to work and that their industrial action should not be seen simply as a company rule violation. On top ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1529922/shock-decision-xiamen-labour-panel-punishes-foreign-run-company-dispute
  6. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Domestic helpers forced to pay agencies '20 times legal rate'

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Helpers pay '20 times' legal rate to agencies Nearly half of foreign domestic helpers have paid their job agencies more than Hong Kong laws allow, in some cases overpaying by more than 20 times the standard rate, a study shows. And more than a fifth of employers find their workers do not meet promised levels of experience and language ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466506/foreign-helpers-paid-agencies-more-20-times-legal-rate-study-shows
  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Thumbs up to new pay offer from civil servants

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 04:00am by Phila Siu

    ... the Civil Service Bureau. Proposed raises for employees in the middle and upper salary bands remain at 4.7 per cent and 5.96 per cent, respectively. The adjustment for those in the lowest salary band came after unions met Secretary for the Civil Service Paul Tang Kwok-wai last month to contest the 3.8 per cent rise suggested earlier. "It's not the 5.1 per cent that we have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1529516/thumbs-new-pay-offer-civil-servants
  8. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Civil servants demand 5.1 per cent pay rise

    Posted May 27th 2014, 04:22am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Government employees find 3.8pc rise suggested by survey too low Civil servants demand 5.1pc pay increase Civil service groups told their chief yesterday they wanted bigger pay increases than those recommended by a study, but were not optimistic they would get them. Meeting Secretary for the Civil Service Paul Tang Kwok-wai, they demanded 5.1 per cent- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1519756/civil-servants-demand-51-cent-pay-rise
  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Hong Kong to be 118,000 workers short by 2022, government forecasts

    Posted May 20th 2014, 04:04am by Phila Siu

    ... projection shows that manpower needs will grow fastest in financial services, with 2.2 per cent more people needed each year until 2022. The professional and business-services sectors would need 1.5 ... on population policy had suggested enhancing child-care services, and offering retraining courses targeting the needs of women. Other suggestions include enhancing the existing labour-importation scheme ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1515906/hong-kong-be-118000-workers-short-2022-government-forecasts
  10. News - China - LABOUR

    Labour advocate helping Dongguan factory strike arrested over WeChat message

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 07:19pm by Echo Hui

    ... Chunfeng Labour Dispute Service provided legal assistance for the factory workers and gave them advice”, and that it is a warning message to the labour NGO. “If it is really about the [online] ... of the non-governmental Chunfeng Labour Dispute Service, was detained yesterday by police in Dongguan’s Gaobu township, according to his colleagues. His arrest was seen as part of the government’s wider crackdown ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1500074/labour-advocate-helping-dongguan-factory-strike-arrested-over-wechat

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