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  1. Voucher scheme slashes kindergarten teachers' pay

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... expenses of the kindergartens. Chan Lau Yin-king, vice-chairwoman of the Council of Non-profit Making Organisations for Pre-primary Education, said that if the fee ceiling was not raised this year ... Mary Tong Siu-fun, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Kindergarten Association, said: 'The Education Bureau should allow for the adjustment of school fees based on expenses. It should take ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/968716/voucher-scheme-slashes-kindergarten-teachers-pay
  2. HSBC may boost region's workforce 5pc despite cuts

    Posted Feb 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... There is no choice but to restructure and reduce expenses.' He said the bank had avoided laying off staff who were the only breadwinners in the family. In one case, a lay-off was reversed when it learnt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/994038/hsbc-may-boost-regions-workforce-5pc-despite-cuts
  3. Women make worst customers: survey

    Posted Dec 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... can actually help employers cut costs too, as handling complaints is actually expensive,' Suen said. 'Employees will be upset if they feel they're not backed up, and turnover ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/988174/women-make-worst-customers-survey
  4. Home is where the work is

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... expenses. Lawyers, labour experts and social workers dealing with such cases have observed more conflict, attributable in part to poor communication. Another factor is that, amid rising demand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993647/home-where-work
  5. HSBC seeks to sell general insurance unit

    Posted Sep 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and branches in order to cut global expenses by US$2.5 billion to US$3.5 billion annually by 2013. Gulliver also said the group's insurance business would focus on 'life, pension ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/980461/hsbc-seeks-sell-general-insurance-unit
  6. Blame the bottom line, not a bronze lion

    Posted Sep 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in London in May, Gulliver had said he would close loss-making businesses and branches as well as reduce headcounts in order to cut global expenses by US$2.5 billion to US$3.5 billion annually ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/978890/blame-bottom-line-not-bronze-lion
  7. Hard-hit workers out to make firms pay

    Posted Dec 21st 2010, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... the minimum wage has been lifted so far, it's still nowhere near enough to cover urban living expenses,' Pun said. According to Pun, China's average minimum wage stood around 300 yuan a month in the 1990s. In 2000, it was about 1,000 yuan and this year, it is about 1,500 yuan. The rise could hardly keep pace with living expenses in mainland cities, she said. The setting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733909/hard-hit-workers-out-make-firms-pay
  8. Two-week rule for helpers could be exacerbating cases of abuse

    Posted Sep 04th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... abuse because they cannot afford to return home and begin the application process at once (now a very expensive item through agencies). If the helper reports abuse to the police, the court case ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/691469/two-week-rule-helpers-could-be-exacerbating-cases-abuse
  9. Helpers' food allowance doubled

    Posted Sep 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Lestari, spokeswoman for the Asian Migrants' Co-ordinating Body, was disappointed by the decision. 'Food in Hong Kong is so expensive,' she said. 'I have a friend who works ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/691350/helpers-food-allowance-doubled
  10. 10 years of MPF - but who's cheering?

    Posted Dec 01st 2010, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... and their employers are too small to offset living expenses later in life. About 2.4 million workers, or 70 per cent of Hong Kong's workforce, are covered by the MPF plan. As of September, each ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/732067/10-years-mpf-whos-cheering

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