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  1. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Business chambers voice concerns over working hours

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Phila Siu, Colleen Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Colleen Lee Chambers say it will harm the growth of the city as democrats call for 40- to 44-hour work week Business warns against standard working hours Seven of the city's biggest business chambers have sent a rare joint letter to the government, warning that legislating standard working hours would hurt the commercial environment. The chambers wrote ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. News - World - FRANCE

    Row as new French economy minister suggests easing 35-hour working week law

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 09:55pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Remark before he took office that firms could bend rules on working time shakes French Minister in hot water on 35-hour week law France's new economy minister touched off a political storm, only one day into the job, with comments made before he was appointed about the law limiting the working week to 35 hours. Emmanuel Macron, a former ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Companies can't ignore work-life balance issues

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 12:00am by AMANDA YIK

    ... not raise concerns about work-life balance if they wanted to get ahead in their company. This was despite the fact that the discussion around standard working hours had been taking place during ... Amanda Yik Amanda Yik says companies will lose out if they ignore work-life balance Time to hear the needs of our overworked employees The move to consider legislating standard working ...

  5. 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

    ... law was "way too far ahead" for Hong Kong. "Hong Kong should legislate standard working hours first," he said. Britain's law states that employers must deal ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com As Britain fuels debate over non-fixed work hours and locations, one legislator argues Hong Kong should have regulated work hours first Flexible working ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - WORK SAFETY

    Decade-old work safety laws 'need urgent review' amid reports of lax standards

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 01:40pm by MICHELLE TOH

    ... Michelle Toh michelle.toh@scmp.com Support group for victims of industrial accidents say focus on deadly accidents and high-profile issues has led to neglect of widespread problems Work safety laws 'need urgent review' The government must carry out an extensive review of work safety laws that have not been updated for over a decade, a support group for victims ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Chairman's term won't give enough time to set work hours law, says legislator

    Posted Apr 15th 2013, 12:00am by Phila Siu

    ... standard working hours if it works within the present terms it has set, a veteran labour activist says. Labour Party lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan yesterday criticised Labour and Welfare Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung for setting the standard working hours committee chairman's term at three years. It was a form of procrastination, he said. "Why did Cheung set it as three years ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    Why Hong Kong needs working hours law

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Legislator distorting proposed standard working hours law Legislator James Tien Pei-chun, in RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong, on January 20, urged our chief executive to look ... premises. What about the vast land banks in the hands of the large developers? He proceeded to whinge that the move towards standard working hours seriously undermined the freedom and flexibility ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR DAY

    May Day marches draw thousands with Hong Kong dock strikers leading the charge

    Posted May 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Phila Siu, Emily Tsang

    ... near tycoon Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Center in Central. Police said 3,700 people joined the rally. Many of the signs and banners called for legislation on standard working hours ... for the effort to introduce a standard work day of eight hours and overtime pay set at 1.5 times the regular wage rate. "We as domestic helpers are on call 24 hours a day. And we always have to work ...

  10. 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 ...




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