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Hong Kong Civil Service

Lai See

West Kowloon Arts Hub inquiry sure to open a can of worms

Friday, 9 March, 2012, 12:00am

Civil servant pay could be cut following survey

Civil servants could be facing a pay cut following a salary survey.

Secretary for the Civil Service Denise Yue Chung-yee told the Legislative Council's public service panel she could not guarantee that the almost 170,000 civil servants would not have their salaries reduced.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Santa Claus is calling early for our poor civil servants

... the Chief Executive in Council decided that, with retrospective effect from April 1, 2011, civil service pay should be increased by 7.24% for civil servants in the directorate and upper salary band, and 6.16% for civil servants in the middle and lower salary bands.

Government news release, June 14

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pay rises for disciplined services, civil servants clear Legco hurdle

Legislators have approved funding of more than HK$800 million for pay rises to disciplined services officers and top civil servants, an issue that caused unrest among the disciplined services when the pay rises were delayed and nearly brought the police out on a protest march.

5 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Civil servants may receive pay cut, rise at same time

Thousands of civil servants could see their salary cut and raised at about the same time if recommendations under two pay-adjustment mechanisms both get cleared by the Legislative Council.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

HK police force nears 'localisation' goal with exit of expat officer

When Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Mike Dowie retired recently it left the force with no expatriates in its senior management ranks, which were once dominated by overseas officers.

12 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Top civil servants fear for pay rise after new private sector check

The government is gathering figures on recent pay adjustments in the private sector for comparison with the highest ranking civil servants.

This comes just weeks ahead of a final decision by the Executive Council on the controversial review of the directorate grade structure.

29 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Balancing act

One after another, staff associations of the police and other disciplined services have been stepping up pressure on government to improve their remuneration. Not only that, but some disciplined services demand that there should be a uniform pay scale and that they should be on parity with the police, while the latter is agitating for an independent pay mechanism.

11 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Wrestling with pay

Disgruntled police officers called off their protest march last Sunday following the personal pledge by their commissioner, Tang King-shing, to fight for an early, backdated implementation of the recommendations in the grade structure review. At the same time, they placed an advert in newspapers explaining to the public their side of the dispute.

1 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Don't force the issue

It was definitely a close call. Fortunately, the commissioner of police managed to defuse the looming crisis and persuaded his officers not to take to the streets tomorrow to protest against the delaying of their pay review.

27 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Treading carefully through pay minefield

It was a silent and orderly protest. But when a group of officers from five disciplined services marched to the Central Government Offices on Sunday, they certainly made waves.

Indeed, the scenes of officers from the uniformed forces taking to the streets has unnerved the public, confronting their sense of order and stability.

24 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Unions should accept findings of pay study

In good times, civil servants benefit from the pay-trend survey that forms the basis for their annual adjustments - a safeguard for pay and conditions that are envied by the rest of the community. In bad times, it is reasonable, therefore, to expect them to accept that when private-sector pay is going down - as it has been - their annual adjustment should reflect that, too.

8 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Far more at stake than a simple pay cut

In an unusual move last month, the largest civil service union called for a pay freeze for 160,000 civil servants before the pay trend survey, which forms the basis for annual pay adjustments, had been completed.

20 May 2009 - 12:00am

Pay survey findings pose political dilemma

Civil servants are envied for their job security and protected pay and perks. They can, therefore, expect little sympathy over the results of the annual pay trend survey. This suggests their salaries should be cut to reflect a recent drop in private sector pay. It is up to the government whether to introduce cuts and up to lawmakers whether to approve.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

Civil servants may face pay cut

Hong Kong's 160,000 civil servants could face their first pay cut since 2005 after a government survey suggests they may have to follow the private sector to cut wages by between 0.96 per cent and 5.38 per cent.

Civil service unions called for a pay freeze rather than a cut, which they said would affect morale amid the downturn.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am

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