In a rare show of discontent over civil service reform, 10 unions have sponsored an unprecedented signature campaign defending staff interests. Organisers expect to gather support from 60,000 staff within a week.
'Most civil servants found the reforms disgusting. More and more proposals have been unveiled and our working conditions are much worse than before the handover,' said a spokesman for the campaign, Wong Wai-hung.
The reforms suggest linking pay with performance, streamlining disciplinary proceedings, replacing job-for-life appointments with contracts and strengthening training. Unions have yet to agree on what reform proposals should be withdrawn, but have urged Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang to pledge that staff interests will not be further undermined. Detailed action plans will be announced by the 10 unions today.