US expatriates pocket 25pc increase in salary packages

THE average salary package for a US expatriate rose 25 per cent in value over the 12 months to June this year.

Monday, 20 September, 1993, 12:00am

Row over expatriates may spark legal crisis

HONG KONG may face a constitutional crisis over the decision to allow expatriate civil servants to switch to local terms, an Executive Councillor warned yesterday.

Professor Edward Chen Kwan-yiu said that if a private member's bill aimed at overturning the controversial decision was passed, it would set a precedent for the legislature to revoke government policy.

2 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Only 11 expats meet 20-year requirement on residency

NO more than 11 officers in the 10 government departments most affected by a new policy allowing expatriate staff to switch to local terms, can satisfy the 20-year residency requirement proposed by the Local Crown Counsel Association.

The condition has been considered harsh by legislators and expatriate civil servants.

20 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Local push turns nasty

EXTREMISM is eroding the local civil servants' case as they battle to stop their expatriate colleagues switching to local terms of service. What started as a legitimate campaign to stop the government reversing its localisation policy is looking increasingly like a racist witch-hunt.

19 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Co-operation key to success

I REFER to the article ''Police views sought on expat policy'' (South China Morning Post, August 4).

I'm very concerned by Ching Kam-cheong's feelings that the localisation policy the civil service has been implementing is now being reversed. I was also appalled by his blatant racism towards expatriates employed by the civil service.

10 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Call for hold on expat contracts

CONTRACTS for expatriate civil servants should not be renewed until the controversy over the localisation policy has been settled in court, it was suggested yesterday.

Meeting Point chairman Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the present policy could deprive expatriate civil servants of promotion chances and a court should determine if this was against the Bill of Rights.

5 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Localisation wedge

THE Government's plans to allow expatriate civil servants to switch to local employment terms can only further strain relations with locals. Relations between expatriates on attractive contract terms and locals have never been easy, but this latest policy change will do nothing to improve morale.

2 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Expat policy attacked

LEGISLATIVE Councillors have warned that the new policy to allow expatriate civil servants to adopt local status will affect the promotion prospects of Chinese staff and hit morale.

Members of the Public Services Panel said they were dissatisfied at the Government's ''overnight change of policy'' made without consulting the public and the council.

31 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

New twist to row over expats' jobs

THE Local Crown Counsel Association (LCCA) yesterday issued a point-by-point rebuttal of expatriate civil servants' arguments about localisation, denouncing them as unwarranted and unreasonable.

The latest attack is set to intensify the row over the policy on local and overseas officers, the latter being represented by the Association of Expatriate Civil Servants (AECS).

14 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Expats pledge

EXPATRIATE civil servants have agreed to put their legal action against localisation on hold after government officials assured them that a review of the policy would end soon.

10 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Language authority

THE letter ''Why the civil service needs expats'' (Sunday Morning Post, April 4) certainly hit several crucial nails on the head, but I am not so sure the headline reflected the points made in it.

11 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Expats want to remain in HK

ABOUT two-thirds of expatriate civil servants on contracts would remain in the civil service even if it meant downgrading their terms to those of locals, according to a survey by the Association of Expatriate Civil Servants.

10 Mar 1993 - 12:00am

ESF and the expat package

AS an English Schools Foundation (ESF)teacher, it was interesting to read in a Saturday Review article (Post, February 20) that the average salary and benefits package in Hongkong for a 27-year-old expatriate university graduate was worth between $1 million and $1.4 million a year.

24 Feb 1993 - 12:00am

Locals hit out at civil servant move

LOCAL civil servants are worried that their chances of promotion to top jobs will be blocked if expatriates are allowed to be considered as local officers.

Their concern comes after the acting Secretary for Civil Service, Mr Stuart Harbinson, revealed on Wednesday that an internal study was underway to see if it was possible to consider overseas staff as locals.

8 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Study examines expatriates' status

THE Government is studying whether it is possible to consider expatriate staff as locals if they have been long term Hongkong residents.

Expatriate officers who have lived in the territory for at least seven years hope the move will spare them from being phased out under the current localisation programme.

7 Jan 1993 - 12:00am