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  1. Mainland labour imports back on the agenda

    Posted Sep 05th 2003, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... The proposal would help create jobs for Hong Kong workers, says minister With Hong Kong's economy on the rebound, it is time to again consider a scheme for importing workers from the mainland, says labour minister Stephen Ip Shu-kwan. The proposal, u ...

  2. Tensions at the top over contract law

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Rows at usually staid CPPCC sessions show extent of divisions over new legislation, writes Denise Tsang The mainland's controversial labour contract law has not only sparked tensions ... of workers has moved firmly up the agenda. The law, which was introduced in January, means the end of the road for the nation's previously loose labour regulations, which allowed employers ...

  3. Bosses rail at one-sided consultation in rushed reform

    Posted Mar 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... voices of the corporations were not properly taken into account.' He said that unlike the property law, where Beijing repeatedly sought opinions from stakeholders and smoothed out major conflicts before approving it, debates over the labour contract law showed no signs of abating. 'The property law was very controversial, too, but most people accepted it after ...

  4. The law of confusion

    Posted May 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry despite the best of intentions. But, in the case of the new minimum wage law, it is doubtful whether this was the best laid of plans and, as for intentions, well, there's considerable doubt about these as well. Instead of a law designed to do something decisive about low pay, we have a mess. Because the legislation is so loosely drafted, ...

  5. Philippine workers' law needs prompt revision

    Posted Nov 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Overseas workers are the lifeblood of the Philippine economy, so it makes sense that a law has gone into force ensuring that a comprehensive insurance policy accompanies each new ... is Hong Kong employers of domestic helpers, who under local law already have to pay HK$1,350 in insurance cover for each two-year contract. The new Philippine legislation stipulates ...

  6. Swoop nets 33 illegal labourers in Yuen Long

    Posted Jul 05th 2003, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... to law and order'. The arrests came as the number of two-way permit holders found working illegally in Hong Kong soared by nearly 74 per cent to 1,812 in the first five months of this year, ... the department had issued guidelines to building management firms through the Hong Kong Properties Management Association to try to prevent illegal labourers from working in local apartment blocks. Under ...

  7. Hundreds rally for minimum wage law

    Posted Oct 06th 2008, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... will discuss it, although it remains unclear whether he will announce legislation. Tang Po-shan, a spokesman for the organiser, The People's Alliance for a Minimum Wage, said a law was widely ... in Hong Kong, said the proposed wage law should include foreign domestic helpers. She said the maids deserved higher pay than the HK$3,580 month minimum, and a permanent suspension of the levy ...

  8. Minimum wage law could lead to closure of some businesses

    Posted Dec 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to produce job opportunities. The result is a clear indication that people who oppose a minimum wage law can come up with alternative policies to protect workers. It is just that they are conscious ... the central government enforced its new labour law. Although I do not wish to make a direct comparison, few would be surprised if increased costs faced by businesses [from this legislation], during ...

  9. Differing views on benefits of proposed minimum wage law

    Posted Dec 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... if a minimum wage law is passed during the present crisis, as they want to reduce expenses. But there are still many low-skilled employees on HK$20 or less an hour who cannot make ends meet. I think the economic crisis is the best time to implement this law, but the minimum should be adjusted from HK$25 to HK$24 per hour. The change may be very small, but it is important for employers ...

  10. We follow labour laws: McDonald's

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fast-food retailer McDonald's Guangdong said in a company statement yesterday it always abided by labour laws and regulations and paid employees according to standards set by law. 'As a responsible employer, we have always complied with relevant laws and regulations ... and provide employees with salaries in line with related rules of the country,' it said. ...




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