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  1. Look beyond pay to reduce inequality

    Posted Jun 06th 2010, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring The level of the minimum wage is important, but more as a matter of human dignity than as a key means of reducing the shocking level of income inequality. In most ... busy. So let us look at means other than a minimum wage to reduce inequality. In no particular order of importance: Address the issue of the 150-a-day new one-way permit holders. ...

  2. Anger grows over wealth inequality

    Posted Mar 30th 2010, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... of the country's billionaires,' the magazine said. One measure of income inequality is the Gini coefficient: 0 equals perfect equality of wealth in a country, while 1 means that one person holds all ... these statistics. It found that 75.2 per cent of working people considered these inequalities of wealth unfair, with the main reason the excessively low wages of ordinary workers. 'Salary levels ...

  3. No change to Legco voting system for 2012 as government holds firm

    Posted Mar 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the geographical and functional constituencies for motions and amendments raised by lawmakers to be passed. The 'split-voting' system has often been criticised for its inequality. Only 15 ... a simple majority from the whole legislature, and records from the Legislative Council show that all government motions and bills stretching back to 2006 have been passed. When these inequalities ...

  4. Blueprint to target inequality in education

    Posted Feb 12th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Beijing will soon release a long-awaited draft blueprint on the development of education amid rising discontent over a school system dogged by widening inequality in access to basic ... greater autonomy and give educators more say in how schools should be run. Wen said the blueprint should also serve to help stamp out bureaucracy within the school system and eliminate inequality ...

  5. Figures back us on wage floor, unionists say

    Posted Apr 28th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... to HK$42,500 to HK$75,000. Hong Kong's Gini coefficient- which measures income inequality on a scale of 0 to 1, where 0 is perfect equality and 1 is perfect inequality- supports this trend. ...

  6. Women should be free to choose

    Posted Apr 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... could just stay at home to take care of the elderly and children and do the housework. Even some parents treat their daughters differently. Gender inequality may prevent girls from making braver choices and affect their self-esteem. Many people think that boys are better at maths than girls, who are afraid to make mistakes during lessons. Inequalities run deep in some societies. We should ...

  7. Women caught in the Aids firing line

    Posted Jul 15th 2010, 12:00am by Cesar Chelala

    ... There are several reasons for this vulnerability. Women and girls are particularly susceptible to infection due to biological, social, cultural and economic factors. The female genital tract has a greater ... is exacerbated in countries at war, where in many cases rape is used as a tool of war. Major inequalities between men and women persist in many parts of the world in all aspects of living, ...

  8. The hit-and-run case that has touched a nerve

    Posted Oct 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... been too, but for internet users' ridicule of Li Qiming and an emerging social class that people increasingly resent- the children of the rich and powerful. The younger Li's arrogance touched a nerve because it seemed an all-too-familiar example. The public perceive the offspring of government officials to be the beneficiaries of social inequity, such as a widening income gap ...

  9. Minimum wage formula 'won't work for HK'

    Posted Mar 20th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong, Paggie Leung

    ... market in different places. And we should note that the city's rich-poor gap is so huge,' he said. Hong Kong's Gini coefficient- which measures income inequality on a scale of 0 to 1, where 0 is perfect equality and 1 is perfect inequality- rose from 0.518 in 1996 to 0.525 in 2001 and stood at 0.533 in 2006, the most recent year for which data is available. 'The ...

  10. Unions target bosses who dodge back pay

    Posted Mar 10th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... problem. 'Without addressing inequality in income distribution, we can do little to boost domestic demand or contribute to social harmony,' he said. ... On the sidelines of the annual meeting of the National People's Congress yesterday, the director of the federation's social security department, Zou Zhen, said it had proposed to the NPC ...




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