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Part-time employee benefit proposals still under consideration

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Nora Tam

The government is still listening to opinions and has not take a stance on any of the five Employment Ordinance amendment proposals previously put to the Labour Advisory Board concerning part-time employees benefits.

Wednesday, 31 July, 2013, 9:04pm 1 comment

Labour chief meets Hong Kong's striking dockers in bid to end 26-day strike

Striking dock workers at Tamar government headquarters where they met Labour Secretary Matthew Cheung. Photo: Sam Tsang

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung met dockers for the first time yesterday in an apparent attempt to put an end to their 26-day strike. Speaking after the two-hour meeting, Cheung said it had been "frank" and "useful".

23 Apr 2013 - 9:27am 3 comments

Chairman's term won't give enough time to set work hours law, says legislator

Lee Cheuk-yan

The government will definitely not have enough time to legislate standard working hours if it works within the present terms it has set, a veteran labour activist says.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:53am

Talks to end port strike will take time, says organiser Lee Cheuk-yan

Legislator Lee Cheuk-yan (right) protests outside Kwai Chung Container Terminal during strike demanding better wages and working conditions. Photo: Nora Tam

Long-awaited talks among striking dockers, two contractors and the affected port operator are due to be held today, but the union representing the workers doubts the dispute can be resolved in one sitting.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:18am 1 comment

Three days off is enough for new dads, says minister

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The government's plan to give new fathers three days of paid leave is reasonable, insists Secretary of Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:55am

Officials to have 'rough idea' of Hong Kong poverty line by July

An elderly woman in Central pushes a trolley loaded with cardboard boxes for recycling. Photo: EPA

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said the Commission on Poverty would have a “rough idea” on how the city’s first poverty line should be set in six months.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Poverty line will be drawn this year, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung promises

Ronny Tong Ka-wah

Hong Kong's official poverty line will be drawn this year, welfare chief Matthew Cheung Kin-chung promised yesterday.

At a Legislative Council welfare panel meeting, the Secretary of Labour and Welfare also defended Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's maiden policy address, which many in the social welfare circle had deemed "extremely disappointing" with nothing new being offered.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:09am

City Digest, December 19, 2012

Diploma scores higher mark than A-levels

19 Dec 2012 - 3:20am

Minimum wage increase proposal to be put to Legco

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Sam Tsang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the Executive Council have agreed that the minimum wage should rise HK$2 to HK$30 per hour.

13 Dec 2012 - 3:31am

Welfare minister broke deadlock over funding for new old age allowance

Matthew Cheung

The man 300,000 needy old people have to thank for overcoming a block by lawmakers on a new HK$2,200-a-month allowance is Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, says a government source.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:59am 3 comments

Legco panel approves transport subsidy scheme

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Sam Tsang

An improved transport subsidy scheme for working Hongkongers came one step closer to reality on Monday, as the government ponders how to get the bill passed in the Finance Committee.

3 Dec 2012 - 8:47pm

More views sought on standard working hours

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Sam Tsang

The administration is seeking more feedback from employers and unions on its scheme to create standard working hours, sending its key study report to the Labour Advisory Board next week, the welfare secretary said yesterday.

24 Nov 2012 - 8:40am

Business chambers voice concerns over working hours

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Sam Tsang

Seven of the city's biggest business chambers have sent a rare joint letter to the government, warning that legislating standard working hours would hurt the commercial environment.

The chambers wrote to Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung yesterday, a few days before the government is expected to table a study report to the Labour Advisory Board for discussion.

24 Nov 2012 - 8:41am 5 comments

Old-age allowance debate continues

Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung announced a means-tested old age allowance to help those over 65.

For those who enjoy suspense or drama, there is no better performance than the current debate on the Old Age Living Allowance.

In the political arena, protagonists in the drama are officials of an executive-led government on the one hand, and opposition in the Legislative Council on the other.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:35am

New Legco hearing for old-age benefit

Welfare secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung

A funding application for a new old-age allowance will be tabled in Legco again in two weeks, after lawmakers failed to vote on the issue on Tuesday.

Despite calls for more flexibility, the government refused to make any concessions on the conditions of the scheme or to backdate payments to October 1, citing a longstanding convention in financial discipline.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:45am

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