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  1. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

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

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

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Cleaners cheated out of benefits Hong Kong's army of poorly paid street sweepers are being deprived of basic employment benefits 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 ...

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

    ... affected", meaning about 80 per cent of lifeguards have joined the strike, as outlined on Monday by Alex Kwok Siu-kit, vice-chairman of strike organiser the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union. Pools closed are: Hong Kong Island: Morrison Hill Swimming Pool, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool Kowloon: Tai Kok Tsui Swimming Pool, Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool, Jordan Valley ...

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

    ... Alex Kwok Siu-kit, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union, yesterday said the number of lifeguards in the city was cut from 2,400 to 1,580 in 2004. The number went up ... had come to swim in Hong Kong in recent years, especially after mainland newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily encouraged them to do so last month. He added that a friend working at the Kowloon ...

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

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

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

    ... 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 ... of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions. He said he was concerned that because so many people at the sessions loudly opposed standard working hours, the consultancy running the exercise might ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1563057/law-standard-working-hours-hong-kong-would-face-uphill-battle
  5. 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
  6. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Discrimination rife at work in Hong Kong, Equal Opportunities Commission finds in study

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:55am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Almost one in five say they have experienced unfair treatment- most often on age grounds- but only a handful took action to stop it Discrimination rife at work, EOC study finds Almost one in five Hong Kong employees say they have faced discrimination in the workplace- most often on grounds of age, a study by the equalities watchdog found. Yet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1585320/discrimination-rife-work-eoc-study-finds
  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Should Hong Kong’s employees have the legal right to ask for flexible working terms?

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 12:46pm by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com As Britain fuels debate over non-fixed work hours and locations, one legislator argues Hong Kong should have regulated work hours first Flexible working: is the city ready? Britain has recently introduced a law to the envy of all Hong Kong workers- they now have the legal right to request flexible working hours and locations. While some labour experts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577644/should-hong-kongs-worker-have-legal-right-ask-flexible-working-terms
  8. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Lifeguards get meeting after new strike threat

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

    ... after threats to close down swimming pools and beaches for days at a time. Following a series of one-day actions in protest at a lack of manpower, the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' ... referring to the Hong Kong Government Lifeguards General Union, of the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions. "Since the last strike, the LCSD has just been ignoring us. We demand an immediate ...

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

    Hong Kong faces shortage of domestic helpers as Myanmese, Bangladeshi maids quit early

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 04:21pm by Phila Siu

    ... factory jobs in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, where they are paid more than the HK$4,010 a month they get in Hong Kong. There are about 320,000 helpers in the city. About half are from ... workers to hire, but now availability is so tight they are no longer given a choice. Six months after the first group of 19 Myanmese arrived in Hong Kong, dozens more have come. But a sixth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570004/hk-faces-growing-helper-shortage-myanmar-and-bangladesh-workers-quit
  10. 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

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