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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - LABOUR

    Rising Hong Kong construction costs require creative approach, says consultancy

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 06:33pm by Peggy Sito

    ... that prefabrication also offered a way to improve construction productivity, which has been used extensively in public housing by the Hong Kong Housing Authority. But, so far, private developers have shied ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1621344/rising-hk-construction-costs-require-creative-approach-says
  2. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Pools closed and beaches unsupervised as lifeguards hold public holiday strike

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 03:23am by samuel chan and shirley zhao

    ... the public holiday with a swim. Lawmakers "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung and Lee Cheuk-yan also joined the lifeguards in their swimming protest. Some 11 swimming pools are "seriously ... with no choice but to appeal for more public support after the government repeatedly ignored the worsening manpower shortage problem, said Labour Party legislator Lee Cheuk-yan after finishing the swim. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588074/lifeguard-strike-affect-holiday-swimmers-pools-and-beaches-hit
  3. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Hong Kong's street cleaners being deprived of basic employment benefits

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 05:14am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... by the government's policy of outsourcing its cleaning services. Close to 75 per cent of the city's street cleaning is carried out by five private contractors who win their tenders via a public bidding ... only that the policy was designed to ensure the best use of public money. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1597101/street-cleaners-short-term-contracts-deprived-benefits
  4. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Lifeguards get meeting after new strike threat

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 04:37am by FANNY FUNG

    ... Little more than a week after a strike by 700 lifeguards forced the closure of nine public swimming pools and left 13 beaches unguarded for a day, about 20 members demonstrated outside government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1596280/lifeguards-get-meeting-after-new-strike-threat
  5. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Lifeguards strike and swim in protest over pay and conditions

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:12am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... of the city's 81 public swimming pools and beaches were closed or without sufficient safety staff yesterday as hundreds of lifeguards went on strike over what they said were inadequate staffing levels. ... for all of last year: 24,578,000. About 1,900 lifeguards work in public pools and beaches. The department expressed gratitude to those who did not take part in the walkout. It had allocated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588859/lifeguards-strike-and-swim-protest-over-pay-and-conditions
  6. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    'They will be a burden': Business groups oppose work benefits for unmarried couples amid debate

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 05:56pm by Amy Nip

    ... family values, businesses have told the equality watchdog. The topic is under debate during a public consultation on improving anti-discrimination laws, conducted by the Equal Opportunities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580027/business-groups-oppose-work-benefits-unmarried-couples-equality
  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Lifeguards in Hong Kong strike over influx of mainland tourists to pools and beaches

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 01:52pm by Phila Siu, Lai Ying-kit, Calivin Liu and Brian Yap

    ... Phila Siu, Lai Ying-kit, Calvin Liu and Brian Yap Red flag raised at Butterfly Beach and facilities closed at five public pools as about 100 lifeguards strike over a staff shortage and an increased workload 'Overworked' lifeguards to go on strike The red flag was hoisted at Butterfly Beach in Tuen Mun and some facilities were closed at five public swimming pools on Tuesday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1566141/lifeguards-public-pools-and-beaches-hong-kong-strike-over-staff
  8. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    HK$3 rise in Hong Kong’s minimum wage ‘would cost HK$1.4 billion’

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 11:45pm by Phila Siu

    ... as such expenses were transferred to customers. "The salaries of public estate tenants have already gone up sharply. The minimum wage is supposed to help the low-income families," he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567259/3-rise-hks-minimum-wage-would-cost-hk14-billion-commission-told
  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Introducing working hours law for Hong Kong ‘would face uphill battle’

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 04:41am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Employers shout down proponents of move at public consultation, showing strength of feeling Law on standard working hours faces uphill battle Members of a committee gathering the public's views on a possible law to put in place standard working hours in Hong Kong say the attitudes of employers during a recent public-engagement exercise show how ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1563057/law-standard-working-hours-hong-kong-would-face-uphill-battle
  10. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    More public holidays too expensive: employers

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 03:39am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com More public holidays too expensive: employers Increasing the number of statutory holidays to 17 would be expensive and could exacerbate labour shortages, employers ... that they say are already experiencing labour shortages. All of the city's 3.7 million workers receive 12 statutory holidays. A further five "public" or "bank" holidays, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1501953/more-public-holidays-too-expensive-employers

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