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  1. Building workers demand pay rise

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Dozens of construction workers yesterday demanded that the government increase pay for those employed on government projects. About 30 members of the Construction Site Workers General Union and members of the Confederation of Trade Unions marched to the Central Government Offices in the morning to voice discontent over their pay. 'Most workers' salary levels ...

  2. Rival union fails to turn pay-talks tide

    Posted Aug 14th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Colleen Lee

    ... Anita Lam, Colleen Lee and No Kwai-yan CTU to brief angry metal workers today after taking over salary negotiations The pro-democracy Confederation of Trade Unions took over last night ... status with the employers after the angry construction-site workers splashed water over Federation of Trade Unions negotiators who had outlined a 'consensus' they said had been reached ...

  3. Mainland's trade surplus tipped to rise 42pc

    Posted May 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Following a rise to a record high last year, the mainland's trade surplus is expected to surge further this year, with a 42.8 per cent increase on 2006, forecasters say. If realised, ... of the mainland's trade surplus, with a US$128.3 billion trade gap. Exports to Europe are forecast to total US$239.3 billion and imports US$111 billion. The mainland's trade surplus for the first ...

  4. Is trade deficit bad or good?

    Posted Oct 29th 2007, 12:00am by Sophie Paine

    ... Money is written by Sophie Paine, who teaches students financial literacy at www.aandbmake3.com The US trade deficit has slightly declined over the last few months, but the amount of toys exported from China to the US has continued to rise, especially with Halloween and Christmas coming. But what is a trade deficit? Countries buy from and sell each other raw material, farm products, ...

  5. Trade surplus rebounds on strong exports

    Posted May 12th 2007, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing April's figure hits US$16.88b The mainland's trade surplus more than doubled last month from a month earlier, rising to US$16.88 billion, according ... faster over the past month, Xinhua reported yesterday. The mainland's trade surplus for the first four months of the year was US$63.31 billion, 88 per cent more than in the same period last ...

  6. Guangzhou trade fair to include imports

    Posted Apr 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Guangzhou's 50-year-old export commodities fair tomorrow. 'Setting up the import fair will complement the country's trade policy with the goal of reducing the trade surplus,' CIEF ... the country's growing trade surplus, the actual effect might be just symbolic, said the diplomat. Most of the importers, 89, are from Hong Kong, followed by 42 from Taiwan, 36 from South Korea, 35 from ...

  7. 8-hour day for bar benders a sticking point

    Posted Aug 29th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... demands to cut 15 minutes from their current working day of eight hours and 15 minutes. But a majority of the 700 striking bar benders who attended a meeting called by the Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU) yesterday, said they stood firm in their demands for eight-hour days. Wong Kwok-kin, chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions- a rival union to the CTU- which is holding exclusive ...

  8. Deal struck on metal workers at secret talks

    Posted Aug 13th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam The pro-government Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) has tried to thwart an attempt by the rival Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU) to take over negotiations in the metal workers' industrial dispute by striking a deal yesterday in secret talks with employers and the government. The CTU, which was not informed of yesterday's hastily convened meeting, criticised ...

  9. In Brief

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... strong sentiment among exporters in short term Exporters were looking forward to strong sales, the Trade Development Council said after its index of business sentiment among exporters rebounded to 58.2 out of 100 this quarter from 49.3 in the fourth quarter of last year. A reading higher than 50 indicates more than half the 500 traders surveyed expect business to grow ...

  10. Foreign traders descend on mainland's world's fair

    Posted Oct 20th 2007, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... at the China Import and Export Fair, the country's largest and longest-running trade show, also dubbed Canton Fair. They were among an estimated 200,000 visitors from around the world and across the mainland pouring into the two-week autumn session of an event that has been held twice a year since 1957. They came bargain-hunting for suppliers and scouting for trade opportunities amid ...




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