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  1. Inequalities and corruption at root of violence

    Posted Jul 13th 2009, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... only Han Chinese- people feel they have been left behind economically and are angry over the widening income gap, rampant corruption and widespread social injustices. ...

  2. On the Rails

    Posted Oct 28th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... with Alan Aitken My high school economics teacher was particularly fond of wheeling out the following analogy when it came to innovation and herd mentality. If someone goes to a football game and takes an orange box to stand on, that person has an advanta ...

  3. A gaping hole in the mantra of social harmony

    Posted May 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... financially and socially. A recent survey by McKinsey estimates that at the end of last year, the mainland had 1.6 million wealthy households- defined as having annual incomes of more than 250,000 ... the dark clouds of social unrest. Even the gap between the city dwellers and their rural counterparts, though less pronounced, is pervasive enough to threaten the social harmony ...

  4. Outdated, unfair and overdue for reform

    Posted Oct 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is generally not transferable to another place of residence. Workers who move away from home to take jobs therefore sacrifice these entitlements, and often those of their families. The social inequity ... Instantly dismantling it would have serious consequences, though, so it must be reformed gradually. If social inequity is not considered a good enough reason to get on with this task, the importance ...

  5. Pan-democrats demand review of electoral inequalities

    Posted Nov 17th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung and Ambrose Leung Pan-democrats have called for a wider review in the government's political reform package for 2012 of the inequalities brought by the functional constituency system, ahead of its announcement tomorrow. The appeal came as it emerged that about 1,800 Hongkongers have three votes each in a Legislative Council election- as electors in geographical ...

  6. Death of contractor at RTHK highlights benefit inequalities

    Posted Sep 20th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun The Federation of Trade Unions has called on the government to review the employment terms of those among its workers who are not legally considered civil servants, after the family of a contract employee of RTHK who died at work were denied co ...

  7. Inequities cast cloud on voucher scheme

    Posted May 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron Three-year-old Maris Mak Wan-sze and her brother Thomas Mak Yiu-nam, 6, from Sham Shui Po go to the same Mong Kok nursery school for the same number of hours a week and are both entitled to help with the fees. The children spend nine hours a day ...

  8. Widening income gap spurs call for tax reform, pay rises

    Posted Dec 12th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... co-efficient rose from 0.16 in the 1980s to 0.473 in 2007,' he said. 'That means a high level of inequality.' The Gini coefficient is an inequality ranking between zero and one, with 0.4 ... the most effective measure would be to lift the minimum wage- although this had been frozen by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security since November 17 last year because of the global ...

  9. Redistribution of wealth

    Posted Nov 30th 2009, 12:00am by Rebecca Tsui

    ... the inequality of wealth and poverty here is greater than anywhere else in the world. What the co-op is doing can help relieve this problem,' Lee said. 'Firstly, we... can help ...

  10. Chongqing to raise migrant, rural incomes

    Posted Jan 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... worsening social inequalities, massive layoffs and shrinking domestic consumption. Chongqing has been authorised to go ahead with reforms to rural residency, land, social insurance and financing ... and industrial upgrades as part of the experimental reforms. Economists said authorities were trying to guarantee social stability and ease the pain of the economic slowdown felt by workers who returned ...




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