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Social Security

'There's no free lunch,' says Chan of universal pension

Executive councillor Bernard Chan has urged the government to reveal how much a universal pension scheme would cost taxpayers, a move he says is needed to assist public debate.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 4:16am

A sensible step towards a just society

In every nation there are people who have more than others, but on the mainland the gap is worryingly wide. Leaders have long been mindful of the need to lessen the divide, their efforts spurred by a rising tide of protest against injustice and corruption. China's size and complexity makes the challenge daunting and measures taken so far have not approached the heart of the problem. A 35-point plan unveiled by the State Council appears more promising, the proposals outlined offering a blueprint for tackling inequality.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am 1 comment

Indonesian workers protest against benefits tax

Thousands of Indonesian workers have taken to the streets to protest against low wages and having to pay for social security services.

Jakarta police spokesman Colonel Rikwanto said several thousand labourers rallied on Thursday near the presidential palace in the capital, Jakarta, before marching peacefully to the parliament building.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:59pm

Old people's welfare a top priority, Carrie Lam says

Retirement protection will receive attention from top echelons of the government under a new working group to be chaired by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, she said yesterday.

14 Oct 2012 - 11:22am

Fraudsters cost social security fund 1.7b yuan

A national audit has uncovered social security fund fraud involving 1.7 billion yuan (HK$2.09 billion) and more than 300 people.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Help for elderly must not end at stopgap measures

The week before last, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced an interim package of welfare measures. Perhaps inevitably, some critics claimed it was just an attempt to divert attention from the allegations flying around the new administration.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

End small-house policy, says Lam

The candidate favoured to become the next chief secretary is calling for an end to what some see as the infinite demand from rural indigenous villagers for homes under the small-house policy.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The real prize of a wage rise is lower jobless rate

'When we hear unions promoting a fight for HK$33 or HK$35 [hourly wage], I would like to ask if nowadays there is any sort of job that would see an 18 per cent increase every two years.'

Stanley Lau, Federation of HK Industries SCMP, April 30

1 May 2012 - 12:00am