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  1. Unpaid boys working in harsh conditions at Shaanxi factory

    Posted Jul 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui A quilt factory in Shaanxi's Qishan county was caught using juvenile workers who were forced to work 12 hours a day without pay for nearly six months. The labour ... workers of 'a very young age' working without any protective equipment in a processing room full of dust and cotton fibre, he said. A long period of exposure to the cotton could lead ...

  2. KMB drivers threaten to strike over conditions

    Posted Jun 11th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... not improve their working conditions. With talks now deadlocked, KMB drivers are demanding a pay rise of 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent for the coming year- far above the 2 per cent offered ... cut in recent years and drivers' schedules rearranged in a way that they are paid less for the same work,' he said 'Our rest time has been compromised.' Mr Chung said ...

  3. Worn to the bone

    Posted Jul 01st 2005, 12:00am by Suzanne Harrison

    ... was: 'At work, Dad will operate on a 24-hour week.' Still. It gave too much credit to managers: 'The office will be air-conditioned with stimulating scents and extra oxygen- ... other.' While they got the air-conditioning and machines part right, what they missed is that for many people the greater demands of work haven't made life more enjoyable- or easier. ...

  4. Danes strike a happy balance

    Posted Apr 16th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Walker

    ... by Britain's University of Leicester revealed that the Danes were the happiest people in the world. What accounts for this unstoppable contentedness? Danish working conditions seem to provide the most compelling reasons for the Danish smile. Danish society endeavours to give employees the greatest possibility to create a healthy and responsible balance between work and family-life and leisure ...

  5. Cutting working hours the next step

    Posted Aug 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... people in Hong Kong work what would be considered unreasonably long hours elsewhere in the world. Improving conditions is as important as ensuring that a reasonable minimum hourly rate is paid. ... the legislation has affected Hong Kong's workforce. Authorities have to make every effort to ensure it is being respected, while moving on to the promised next stage, standard working hours. Business ...

  6. Home is where the work is

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... are fuelled partly by a labour shortage. The Indonesian government has raised the minimum age for applications to work as a maid overseas to 21 and the Philippine government to 23, meaning fewer women are coming to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, capable, experienced helpers are leaving to work in countries with better working conditions, such as Canada. As the labour pool gets smaller, some helpers take ...

  7. All In A Day's Work: Safeguarding lives

    Posted Jul 21st 2007, 12:00am by Catherine Macer

    ... Catherine Macer As health and safety manager at Gammon Construction, Jesse Hau is responsible for spotting unsafe conditions or unsafe actions on a construction site I have been ... that and in parallel worked at Gammon. After I finished the course with the necessary qualifications, I applied to become a registered safety officer (RSO). I worked as an RSO for three to four years ...

  8. Jockey Club staff warn of strike over work breaks

    Posted Apr 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung Jockey Club workers are threatening to strike if management continues to ignore their demand for more work breaks. According to the Club Workers General Union, staff must either wait for up to three hours for a toilet break or, if they go, have wages deducted. Union spokesman Vincent Sung Chee-tak said working conditions had deteriorated since soccer betting ...

  9. Migrant workers offered perks to return to work

    Posted Feb 13th 2010, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Labour shortages in the Pearl River Delta are prompting Hong Kong factory owners to offer perks such as films, better food, air conditioning and even bonuses to retain migrant workers and lure new employees. As exports begin to recover, tens of thousands of Hong Kong factory owners are offering such incentives in the hope of stemming feared staff shortages after ...

  10. We're exploited, claim workers at Disney suppliers

    Posted Aug 19th 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... with his working conditions because money was deducted from his salary if he did not work overtime. Resigning was not an option as department heads rarely approved this unless a worker was willing ... 'We wanted to raise public awareness of the working conditions of factories making Disney products.' According to Disney's guidelines, its subcontractors' factory workers cannot ...




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