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  1. Audit puts working standards to the test

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... standards, and provides a list covering issues such as working hours, wages and safety. 'We hope through our work to reduce trade friction. A lot of trade friction is due to the perceived image ... Toh Han Shih China has put in place its own set of rules to ensure that working conditions meet global requirements China has introduced a homegrown audit of the textile industry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/510491/audit-puts-working-standards-test
  2. Democrat wants law on 44-hour working week

    Posted May 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Cheng's proposal in its study of standard working hours and whether a minimum wage is needed. Mr Cheng's proposed bill excludes researchers, caretakers and people in the medical sector, ... at 44 hours- an attempt to speed up the passage of legislation to bring in the controversial measure. Under the Democratic Party lawmaker's proposal, the regulated maximum working week ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/499149/democrat-wants-law-44-hour-working-week
  3. It's time to help people get off therelentless treadmill of work

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to address is how Hong Kong people can find time to unwind and savour life, let alone upgrade themselves. Although civil servants work no more than 44 hours- or 51/2 days- a week, the Employment Ordinance that governs working conditions for the majority of the workforce has no provisions for maximum working hours or a minimum wage. The law merely stipulates that employers must give workers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/517593/its-time-help-people-get-therelentless-treadmill-work
  4. Staff who work long hours pay a health price

    Posted May 28th 2005, 12:00am by Vicki Williams

    ... confirmed what most of us know: people in Hong Kong work long hours. However, it was not confirmation the survey sought, but insight into the reasons why people here work such long hours ... here that long hours equal productivity. But this is not the case,' he said. The average working week in Hong Kong is 55 hours, but many employees work much more than that. The main reason ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/502200/staff-who-work-long-hours-pay-health-price
  5. English standards decline, most in workplace agree

    Posted Aug 17th 2005, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... and employee alike- and that taking courses to improve employees' mastery of the language is necessary- a survey shows. But 62 per cent of employees surveyed said their long working hours made ... Ho-ming, vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation, urged Hongkongers to keep working on improving their English standards. 'Hong Kong workers should seize ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/512472/english-standards-decline-most-workplace-agree
  6. Unionists back wage floor, hours ceiling

    Posted Apr 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chandra Wong Four in five union members polled believe the government should set a minimum wage, and 95 per cent agree a maximum working day of eight hours should be set in law. Nearly 90 per cent of those interviewed also said a standard eight-hour working day would improve their quality of life. About the same proportion said that setting a minimum wage would help relieve ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/498711/unionists-back-wage-floor-hours-ceiling
  7. Doctors offered days off for long hours

    Posted Dec 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... a week- the standard in Europe. Some doctors complain they have to work more than 70 hours a week and sometimes more than 36 hours at a stretch. The association filed a claim on behalf of 165 ... Authority's latest concession aimed at heading off a lawsuit over long working hours. The proposal, presented to the Public Doctors' Association a few days ago, offered 'several' days ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/530292/doctors-offered-days-long-hours
  8. Tsang advocates standard employment contract for government workers

    Posted Apr 29th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to specify a monthly wage, working hours, workplaces and payment methods for non-skilled workers covered by the contracts. 'To tie in with the adoption of the new standard contract, the Labour ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 4.54pm: The government would introduce a standard employment contract to cover all of its workers in a bid to protect employees' interests, acting Chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/498528/tsang-advocates-standard-employment-contract-government-workers
  9. On your bike, young fella. And please mind your languages

    Posted Apr 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Andrew Sun

    ... studying it- to little effect- since 1999. Eight-hundred hours later and I still don't speak much.' Ganahl's other major works include a series of paintings of news website pages, ... as well, and he has formally studied 11 different tongues or dialects. In one series of work, he chronicles his attempts to learn Putonghua. The exhibit, Basic Chinese, which he'll present ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/495208/your-bike-young-fella-and-please-mind-your-languages
  10. The dangers of a shorter week

    Posted Sep 16th 2005, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan The Democratic Party wants to introduce a private member's bill in the Legislative Council to establish a maximum 44-hour working week and set minimum overtime pay at 1.25 times normal. This would bring us into line with other places. Mainland law specifies a 44-hour week and overtime of at least 1.5 times the standard rate- more on public holidays. Ask ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516435/dangers-shorter-week

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