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  1. 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

    ... months. John Henderson, Asia-Pacific chief financial officer at workplace provider Regus, said research showed that flexible working meant higher productivity and creativity. "People who ... work," Lau said. "If everyone has to cram into the crowded MTR at 9am, why don't we give them some flexibility?" Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Tang Ka-piu said the British ...

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

    50 Chinese arrested in the Philippines for working illegally

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 05:02am by Raissa Robles, Minnie Chan

    ... Chinese nationals and had demanded that they be treated fairly by Filipino authorities. The largest labour group in the Southeast Asian nation, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, asked ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1577931/chinese-workers-held-philippines
  3. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Police rehiring plan may derail talks on raising retirement age, unions fear

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:06am by Lana Lam

    ... plan angers unions Police chiefs have moved quickly to quell anger among unions over a controversial move to rehire retired officers on short-term contracts. Several police unions last week expressed shock about the hiring plan, accusing management of failing to consult them and claiming the move undermined talks on raising the mandatory retirement age of 55. The unions' concerns ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1556677/police-rehiring-plan-may-derail-talks-raising-retirement-age-unions
  4. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Lifeguard strike closes beaches, pools

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 04:50am by Lai Ying-kit, NRIAN YAP, CALVIN LIU

    ... of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union, said some pool lifeguards worked shifts longer than 10 hours. "We used to have one lifeguard per 100 swimmers and now this has been jacked up ... said. "In general, more swimmers cause more pressure." The union says staff numbers were cut from 2,400 to less than 1,600 in 2004. Numbers are now back to 1,900: not enough, the union ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567134/lifeguard-strike-closes-beaches-pools
  5. LABOUR

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

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

    ... a year because they had made enough money," Liu said. Eman Villanueva, spokesman for the Asia Migrants' Coordinating Body, recalled that he had the "shock of his life" when he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570004/hk-faces-growing-helper-shortage-myanmar-and-bangladesh-workers-quit
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1566141/lifeguards-public-pools-and-beaches-hong-kong-strike-over-staff
  7. 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 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 ... Trades Union Council. Unions have been calling for a standard working week of 44 hours with wages of time-and-a-half for any hours worked in excess of this. But employers say it is not practical ...

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

    Myanmar looks ready to send out maids again

    Posted Aug 02nd 2014, 03:38am by DANNY LEE

    ... people in Asia and agencies have made a deliberate effort to source workers from this country." A spokeswoman for the Labour Department said: "[We have] been conducting various ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1564464/myanmar-looks-ready-send-out-maids-again
  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    MTR staff launch protest against 'disappointing' pay rise

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:30am by Ada Lee

    ... to work overtime and on their days off, two of its staff unions said. The MTR Corporation Staff Union and KCR Operating Staff Association, which together represent about 2,000 MTR employees, said ... but the unions had demanded a 7 per cent increase. The MTR Corporation Staff Union's Philip Chan Sin-wo said nine out of 10 employees would get a pay rise of less than 7 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1550590/mtr-staff-launch-protest-against-disappointing-pay-rise
  10. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    High-salary civil servants union rejects 5.96 per cent pay study proposal

    Posted May 24th 2014, 03:00am by Emily Tsang and Jeffie Lam

    ... Emily Tsang and Jeffie Lam Senior officers group questions credibility of proposal that suggests 5.96 per cent pay rise while low-wage workers get only 3.8 per cent Big-salary union rejects pay study One of the unions representing high-income civil servants refused to endorse an annual government study despite a proposed higher pay increase than lower-earning employees. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1519127/high-salary-civil-servants-union-rejects-596-cent-pay-study-proposal

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