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  1. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong doesn't need Morlocks from the Delta to fix labour woes

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 03:51pm by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the way that low unemployment is pushing up wages for menial labourers, and his solution for the so-called labour gap (the accepted euphemism) is a common one- bring in lots of migrant labour. ... more of the same than it ever makes. I once asked a Singapore bureaucrat the reason for having these imported manufacturing workers, and she replied that it justified employment ...

  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong logistics sector doesn't need own ministry, despite whinge by lobbyists

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 05:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... migrant workers. The paper claims a labour shortfall of 4,000 to 5,000 jobs at the airport alone, according to a report we published on Saturday- "HK urged to shore up trade and logistics ... migrant workers for the airport alone when Hong Kong's workers are screaming for more living space. How many Hongkongers will you push out of their homes? And if you say we should bus ...

  3. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Leung Chun-ying successfully resists employers' migrant labour demands

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 02:37am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp CY resists employers' demands for migrant labour It would be easy to dismiss the chief executive's latest policy address as just the usual staff New Year party- everyone gets a prize- except for one thing. Hunt and peck through that speech as I might, I could find no reference to opening the borders wide to migrant workers in order to address employer ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Greed, not need, drives call for more foreign workers

    Posted Aug 25th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp The flaw in the call for influx of more foreign workers One of Hong Kong's most influential business groups is working on a proposal calling on the government to allow an influx of foreign workers- warning that it is the only way to solve the city's labour shortage. South China Morning Post August 21 For starters, I have a slight quibble ...

  5. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Shrinking workforce not all that it seems

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 05:43am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to have a case. It is becoming ever harder to squeeze more productivity gain out of this economy, either by pushing the workers harder or investing more money in their efforts, and economic growth ... crowded underneath, aching to leap out. It is not the model for the rest of this city. We cannot really be sure how this trend of ever older workers will work out in the future. It's new ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Employers, and not just the minimum wage, distort Hong Kong labour market

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 04:50am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... the Hong Kong government aggressively to allow in migrant labour whenever a booming economy pushes down unemployment and puts pressure on them to raise wages. I have nothing against the working ... of hard work have gone almost entirely to capital rather than to labour. So let's have it one of two ways, Richard. Either we restrict migrant labour tightly and then we can abolish minimum ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Mainlanders' spending in Hong Kong doesn't show up in our GDP- that's statistical reality

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 03:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... labour anywhere. And now they will be able find it with little need of re-training or dislocation. We won't have to open the gates to migrant labour. If falling tourist expenditure puts shop ...

  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Keep wages down and we will all pay in the end

    Posted Oct 29th 2013, 01:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Rewarding the workers whose toil created the boom times will help HK move up to next tier Keep wages down and we will all pay in the end Labour and Welfare Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the city should explore new ideas to bring in more non-local workers... SCMP, October 25 I think the union people are right on this one. Sure, bring in some people ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Council proposals won't do much for investor protection

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 03:15am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and Allied Workers staunchly resist as a potential threat to fee income. Hong Kong lawyers are determined not to emerge from the 17th century. We must therefore rely more heavily on the Small Fry ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    MPF's real swindle is way it is stacked against workers

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 12:33am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Employer-based system, even with fund switch concession, ensures low returns and high fees MPF's real swindle is way it is stacked against workers Speculation that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was planning to abolish the much criticised offsetting mechanism in the Mandatory Provident Fund was a "misunderstanding," the city's leader ...




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