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  1. News - Hong Kong - ON SECOND THOUGHT

    Minimum wage is the least we can do for overworked low-income earners

    Posted Nov 28th 2014, 06:05am by Paul Yip

    ... Paul Yip As our economy grows, a winner-take-all scenario is emerging in terms of income Minimum wage is the least we can do for working poor The national minimum wage has reduced symptoms of depression in low-wage workers in Britain, according to a research report for the 7th European Public Health Conference this month. In 1999, the country legislated for a national minimum wage, set ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1650199/minimum-wage-least-we-can-do-overworked-low-income-earners
  2. Business - China Business - REMUNERATION

    Rising wages hit firms' profits in China's 'Sock City'

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 07:21am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Beijing Government imposition of large minimum wage increases is threatening manufacturers' survival Rising mainland salaries badly hit Sock City profits Wages at Chen ... billion pairs a year, more than 35 per cent of global production. The plight of Chen's Zhejiang Zhuji Luyi Knitwear highlights the clash between government policies to encourage rapid wage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1644725/rising-wages-hit-firms-profits-chinas-sock-city
  3. News - Hong Kong - INFRASTRUCTURE

    Higher wages not big factor in Zhuhai bridge cost overrun, union says

    Posted Nov 09th 2014, 06:10am by Amy Nip, FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Amy Nip and Fanny W. Y. Fung Union leader argues rising pay for workers is not a big factor in HK$5 billion overrun for project to link city with Zhuhai and Macau Wages 'small part' of bridge costs A union boss has questioned how much rising wages are to blame for a cost blowout on the bridge being built across the Pearl River estuary to Zhuhai. Hong Kong's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1635335/higher-wages-not-big-factor-zhuhai-bridge-cost-overrun-union-says
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Minimum wage must be enough to sustain basic living for the poor

    Posted Nov 05th 2014, 12:09pm by KALINA TSANG

    ... Kalina Tsang Kalina Tsang says minimum wage calculations should take into account the actual needs of the working poor, to enable them to live with dignity Basics of life More than a million people live in poverty in Hong Kong, with the working poor making up a large percentage of this number. When the statutory minimum wage was implemented in 2011 to ensure workers were paid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1632468/minimum-wage-must-be-enough-sustain-basic-living-poor
  5. Employers' federation scare tactic puts the economy before people

    Posted Jul 06th 2010, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp The Employers' Federation of Hong Kong accepts that a minimum wage is inevitable. However, in fixing the level, we must all be aware that: The stated intention ... ah-ah-ooom.' And then we have the bit about how the federation 'accepts' that a minimum wage is inevitable. Its members would never have had it imposed on them if they had lifted the wages ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/718916/employers-federation-scare-tactic-puts-economy-people
  6. News - Hong Kong - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    Occupy-hit businesses should get help to pay rent and wages, say lawmakers

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 04:06am by Amy Nip and Elizabeth Cheung

    ... similar to that given during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic, lawmakers say. They said retailers and restaurateurs hit by the protests were struggling to pay rent and wages and urgently needed loans or other types of funding. "The catering industry is on the edge now. It will be a big issue if they can't pay wages," the sector's lawmaker, Tommy Cheung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1621685/occupy-hit-businesses-should-get-help-pay-rent-and-wages-say
  7. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Minimum wage should rise to HK$38 an hour, says concern group

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 04:33am by TIMMY SUNG

    ... Timmy Sung timmy.sung@scmp.com Concern group says likely increase of HK$2.50 to the current HK$30 rate just isn't enough Minimum wage 'should rise to HK$38 an hour' A concern group yesterday made a last-ditch effort to persuade the government to raise the statutory minimum hourly wage to HK$38, a week before a commission is due to make its recommendation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1620827/minimum-wage-should-rise-hk38-hour-says-concern-group
  8. Comment - Blogs

    Fixing Vancouver’s woeful wages won’t end the housing affordability crisis

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 11:37am by Ian Young

    ... Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE), helped get the discussion rolling with a pledge to introduce a “living wage” of C$15 an hour for employees of the city. Then, on September 24, urban planner ... in Canada.  It’s starting to get a bit silly now, but what happens if we suddenly make Vancouver’s degree holders the best-paid in the country, applying the required 48 per cent wage hike across ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1611982/fixing-vancouvers-woeful-wages-wont-end-housing-affordability-crisis
  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Maids' wages go up by HK$100, but no one's happy

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 03:46am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com No one's happy as maids get HK$100 rise … a month Maids' wages go up by HK$100 from today- that's per month and only for those signing new contracts. Helpers complained the new wage, HK$4,110, was still too low and it was unfair that those signed to contracts would have to wait until they expired before benefiting. One employers' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1604874/maids-wages-go-hk100-no-ones-happy
  10. News - China - INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

    New Guangdong wages rules rile business and unionists

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 03:48am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau in Guangzhou mimi.lau@scmp.com Revised bill removes workers' right to strike over collective contracts but gives employees power to demand wages talks with bosses New ... on January 1 and require employers to hold talks with workers over wages, benefits and working hours. Stanley Lau Chin-ho, chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, said the rules posed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1604165/new-guangdong-wages-rules-rile-business-and-unionists

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