Civil Servants

Hong Kong's civil servants win praise form Vice-President Li Yuanchao

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao. Photo: Xinhua

China's Vice-President Li Yuanchao on Thursday praised Hong Kong’s civil servants for their contribution to the city.

Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 4:33pm 1 comment

The 'hidden man' behind civil service

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

After decades of navigating the choppy waters of officialdom, the persistently low-key Paul Tang Kwok-wai has had a taste of public defeat. As secretary for the civil service, Tang recently came under fire for failing to unite the 160,000 public servants behind a common front ahead of the annual wage adjustment announced this month.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Call for Exco-union talks on civil service wages before decision

Philip Kwok Chi-tak, chairman of the Senior Government Officers Association, speaks to the media on Tuesday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Philip Kwok Chi-tak, who represents senior government employees, said his union would ask Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to set up an independent arbitration panel to settle a dispute over this year's unpopular below-inflation offer.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Retirement policy needs careful thought

With life expectancy among the world's longest, Hong Kong's compulsory retirement age regardless of personal preference and health seems to be a waste of human resources. Photo: Nora Tam

In an ideal world, the question of when to retire should be a personal choice. Arguably, there is no justification to retire at a certain age. Alternatively, employees can opt for an early exit at any time, as long as money is not an issue.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am

Top officials bury 1978 idea to spy on civil servants

David Akers-jones

A confidential record from that year showed there was a suggestion that the newly formed Independent Commission Against Corruption should be able to collect pay-lists, leave rosters, postings and pictures of people in other law enforcement agencies.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Civil servants want pay linked to inflation

Ngai Sik-shui. Photo: Felix Wong

Unionists made the call after a government committee indicated last week that pay rises for the city's 170,000 civil servants might not exceed 4 per cent - short of the inflation rate of 4.4 per cent.

19 May 2013 - 7:42am

Hong Kong civil servants' pay set to trail inflation

Ngai Sik-shui

Hong Kong's 170,000 civil servants may gain pay rises of less than 4 per cent - short of their expectations - following the government's annual survey of private-sector pay trends, released yesterday.

16 May 2013 - 4:58am 1 comment

Tsang 'unable to find' legal document for flat swap

Former development secretary Mak Chai-kwong arrives at the District Court in Wan Chai to face fraud charges. Photo: Dickson Lee

Assistant highways director Tsang King-man prepared a declaration of trust to protect the interests of former development minister Mak Chai-kwong in a flat swap the two undertook, a court heard yesterday.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Hong Kong government may raise civil servants' retirement age

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Sam Tsang

Civil servants in Hong Kong might have to work longer until retirement, as the government reviews the existing retirement age of 60. It is one of the options under consideration to deal with the ageing population, along with subsidies for those who care for the elderly, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm 3 comments

Redeveloping civil servants' co-op estates needs active consideration

Redeveloping housing estates built for civil servants is far more feasible and practical than building more flats in already crowded Mid-Levels. Photo: Reuters

Why travel in a straight line when you can take a twisted path? That seems to be the way the government operates. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has made increasing housing supply the centrepiece of his administration and has come up with fanciful ideas like creating artificial islands. Now there is another perfectly simple, viable and available solution.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:38am

Retired civil servants offer housing estates to ease land shortage

Leung Chun-ying at TVB City yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

"[Chief Executive] Leung Chun-ying has been trying to increase land supply by different means such as developing the New Territories North, but there are difficulties," said Wong Pak-yan, the convenor of a petition forum on the redevelopment of co-operative housing yesterday.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Unionists hit out over cut-price civil servants

The government should start giving proper staff jobs to the thousands of civil servants it has employed for years on cheap contracts designed for temporary workers, unionists urged yesterday.

Some 14,000 staff are employed on non-civil service contracts - 4,700 of them for over five years and some for more than 10 years, a Legco public hearing was told.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:09am

Paternity leave plan labelled ridiculous by gender equality campaigners

Su-mei Thompson of The Women's Foundation says the city has far to go to catch up with other developed economies. Photo: David Wong

The government's proposal to give new fathers three days' paid leave when it already grants its civil servants five days' paternity leave has been condemned as absurd by a group campaigning for gender equality.

3 Jan 2013 - 7:22am 1 comment

Officials continue to enjoy unfair medical benefits, despite reforms

The "free medical treatment" scheme, introduced in the early 1950s, allowed civil servants to receive assistance at public hospitals for little or no cost. Photo: Xinhua

Civil servants in the eastern city of Nanjing will lose their privileged access to medical treatment next week, making it the last city in the Yangtze River Delta to implement a reform launched by the central government 14 years ago in an attempt to assuage public concerns about the unfair benefits given to officials.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:54am 2 comments