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Win for doctors over days off

Three former public doctors are together expected to receive about HK$2.5 million in compensation for working on rest days and holidays after the High Court set down principles yesterday on how calculations were to be made.

Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am

Candidates opposed to regulating hours in workplace are not worth supporting

Eleanor Wong complains that the small voter turnout for the election of representatives for the Election Committee was because many of those entitled to vote had acted with indifference and failed to recognise the election's importance ('Dismissive approach is so negative', December 18). Nothing could be further from the truth.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Should there be a legally mandated ceiling on weekly working hours in Hong Kong?

Charmain Li, 17, Sha Tin College

Although legally mandating a ceiling on weekly working hours protects employees from the harmful effects of working too long, setting too low a ceiling would be counterproductive to the economy.

Setting the maximum hours too low will eventually drive down average income in Hong Kong and lower living standards.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Weighing the full impact of a wage floor

Much of the debate about the minimum wage which came into force this week has focused on the HK$28-an-hour level, or the loopholes used by unscrupulous employers to avoid raising workers' pay. But how are ordinary companies dealing with the law?

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Workers snub overtime

Now, as the tables have turned in the job market, we are hearing things which would have seemed impossible just six months ago.

A human resources executive told Baat Gwaa the other day that, with a more candidate-driven market, attitudes towards overtime work have changed dramatically.

6 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Give helpers minimum wage, but make them pay their own bills

I refer to the article ('Lamentations for a lost decade', December 31), which contained a number of statistics.

What stood out was the average waitress salary of HK$8,140 and median household income of HK$17,250 which means HK$8,625 per parent. According to the Census and Statistics Department, in June, cleaners earned an average wage of HK$5,124.

17 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

A day in the life of a radiographer

Radiographers who work in clinics follow a regular nine to five schedule and work five days a week, from Monday to Friday.

They seldom need to work overtime since clinics do not take on emergency cases and all appointments are booked in advance.

Working hours in hospitals are much tougher, as staff tend to work shifts. Overnight work is often necessary.

16 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Shenzhen strike strands thousands

Tens of thousands of cross-border commuters have been left stranded in Shenzhen over the past week after 160 bus drivers and conductors went on strike in support of a claim for more overtime pay and higher wages to compensate for the rising inflation.

30 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Doctors claim court win in compensation row

Hospital Authority doctors were claiming a minor victory yesterday after the Court of Appeal ruled they could claim compensation for hours they worked while on call during rest days and holidays.

But one doctor - whose claims add up to almost HK$23 million - said the ruling did not go far enough and he would take it to the Court of Final Appeal.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Strike set to end as bar benders take 14pc rise

The 36-day bar benders' strike looked set to end last night after some 200 workers voted to accept the latest offer by contractors.

13 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Vox Pop

A survey by the University of Hong Kong showed that Hong Kong employees work an average of 51.3 hours per week, 25 per cent longer than the hours suggested by the International Labour Organisation. The long working hours affect family life and the health of working people. Classified Post asked Hongkongers what they thought of their working hours.

18 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Dockers in Shekou strike for higher pay

Port overtime protest holds up HK trucks

Operations at one of the busiest container terminals in Shenzhen are at a standstill after more than 400 dockers went on strike in a pay dispute.

Port workers at Chiwan Container Terminal in Shekou district began their industrial action at midnight on Monday.

2 May 2007 - 12:00am

Lawsuit targeting journalists criticised

iPod maker accused of bullying by not suing paper that ran labour abuse report

A Taiwanese digital products maker that has filed a defamation lawsuit against two Chinese journalists for reporting on alleged labour abuses at its Shenzhen factory was yesterday criticised by mainland media and academics.

31 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Airport workers forced to be on job while ill, says unionist

Airport baggage and cargo handlers are being forced to work while unwell and on medication because new restrictions on sick leave are eating into their overtime, a unionist said yesterday.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

A better future in the balance

Civil servants have a shorter week, but the private sector has yet to catch on

THE GOVERNMENT HAS taken a big step towards creating a better work-life balance for civil servants with the introduction of a five-day working week.

20 Jul 2006 - 12:00am