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  1. Government to study standard working hours

    Posted Dec 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The secretary for labour and welfare says the government will study the issue of standard working hours, as lawmakers complain that many workers in the city must work overtime without extra payment. Matthew Cheung Kin-chung told the Legislative Council yesterday that the government was mapping out the framework of a study, about which different sectors had strong ...

  2. Bosses back 44-hour week? Sorry, I just don't believe it

    Posted Dec 15th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... unscientific straw poll of Hong Kong business bigwigs yesterday, and the results were conclusive. A massive 100 per cent of the bosses I asked were opposed to legislation on standard working hours. All ... sounds reasonable. Hong Kong people work notoriously long hours by international standards, many for rapacious employers who screw as much out of their workforce as they can and give as little ...

  3. Limit on work hours would raise building overheads

    Posted Oct 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... building-management firms to increase the number of shifts from two to three, mainly because of the cost of hiring more staff. 'It may be that different industries need different standard working hours ... been extremely slow- despite two attempts in the past 10 years- is that many questions remain about the concept of standard working hours. A government insider said the issue was simply too ...

  4. Unions decide it's time to wage war on hours

    Posted Sep 28th 2010, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... employees worked more than 10 hours a day, it found. Six per cent said their employers broke the law and did not give them a day off. The government should set a standard eight-hour day, organising ... Amy Nip With a minimum wage law now settled, unionists are turning their attention to fighting long working hours. Workers in the catering, security and retail industries are putting in 12 ...

  5. Working hours issue needs prompt attention

    Posted Oct 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... profits and companies going under. They are making the same arguments with standard working hours. The benefits of legislating for a maximum working week and overtime pay and conditions are well ... of living. The same thinking has to be put into determining standard working hours. The number per week shouldn't be set so high that the benefits are eliminated. Similarly, the conditions ...

  6. Opinion leaders back 44-hour work week

    Posted Dec 13th 2010, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung Hong Kong's movers and shakers are solidly behind the introduction of a standard working week of 44 hours. A South China Morning Post/TNS survey of the city's business and opinion leaders shows 70 per cent support legislating on standard working hours, while 80 per cent favour setting the ceiling at 44 hours a week or less, as demanded by unions. ...

  7. Four in 10 say they work too long

    Posted Oct 20th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong, Simpson Cheung

    ... in a similar survey last year. This year's survey, which polled 1,009 employees in July and August, also found the mean working week was 48.7 hours- 21.8 per cent more than the standard 40 hours ... hotels, transport and sales. Ng suggested companies could offer flexible working hours. The Employers' Federation of Hong Kong will conduct a study and consult its members on standard working ...

  8. Chief executive has work cut out to resolve 40-hour-week conundrum

    Posted Oct 15th 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The chief executive finds himself caught in the middle between bosses and union leaders over the need to legislate standard working hours. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen announced in his policy address that he would study the issue as the government has long considered 40 working hours per week as a standard. But employers criticised him for even thinking about a study, ...

  9. We all deserve a fair working environment

    Posted Dec 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... he had asked for a study of standard working hours following the introduction of minimum wage legislation. But rather than labour through the motions once again about the pros and cons of setting work limits in the job market, it appears the general public already has a clear consensus- there is a need to legislate on standard hours and a majority feel that any increase in labour ...

  10. Unions fear meal benefits will be cut

    Posted Dec 14th 2010, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... exist, although the new law may make matters worse,' lawmaker Ip Wai-ming said. 'We need standard working hours to step up protection for the workers.' Meanwhile, the MTR ... to include meal time as working hours, the employer shall not unilaterally amend or cancel the agreements'. The Confederation of Trade Unions said this could serve as a reminder for business ...




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