Standard working hours

Letters to the Editor, June 17, 2013

Government Flying Service helicopter. Photo: Felix Wong

There is increasingly bitter divisiveness in Hong Kong's universal suffrage debate that was seldom seen before the new administration took power.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 6:14am

Work hours committee to consult public twice

Dr Leong Che-hung. Photo: Sam Tsang

The government advisory committee on standard working hours will have two rounds of consultations before presenting its conclusions.

Chairman Dr Leong Che-hung said the first round would seek general public opinion, which the committee would compile and put to a second round of consultation.

He didn't give a specific time frame.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:16am

Working hours committee finds little to agree on

Unionists protest outside where the committee was meeting.

Among the 23 committee members - representatives of workers and employers, academics and officials - not everyone agreed even with the timetable for their task. "Taking three years to decide whether legislation [on standard working hours] is necessary is just silly," said employee representative and labour unionist Stanley Ng Chau-pei.

8 May 2013 - 5:52am

May Day marches draw thousands with Hong Kong dock strikers leading the charge

Unionists marched from Victoria Park to the government offices in Admiralty. Photo: Felix Wong

Truck drivers, domestic helpers, striking dockers - they came from different walks of life, but the thousands of people who joined yesterday's two Labour Day marches were united in their demand for better working conditions.

2 May 2013 - 7:29am

Companies can't ignore work-life balance issues

Members of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) in a protest to push for standard working hours. Photo: May Tse

Research from around the world shows that work-life balance is critical to long-term business success. In one survey conducted by Community Business last year, some 72 per cent of employees cited work-life balance as a critical factor affecting productivity, level of engagement, and the attraction and retention of talent.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am

Talking points

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher takes place at St Paul's Cathedral in London

Tributes and protests at Thatcher funeral

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

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

Tough task to push for work hours law

Dr Leong Che-hung

A special committee to look at the possibility of legislation on standard working hours was set up yesterday, but its members face a tough task. Former Executive Council member Dr Leong Che-hung was appointed chair of the committee for three years.

10 Apr 2013 - 4:46am

Business launches salvo over work limit

Labour Advisory Board suggested setting standard working hours at 46 to 48 hours weekly and that people in more physically demanding, low-paid jobs, such as cleaners, should be paid 1.5 times the hourly wage for overtime work.

A coalition of over 50 business associations is planning to take out advertisements to spell out their objections to the introduction of standard working hours.

4 Apr 2013 - 5:11am

Standard work hours 'won't cost more' in the long run

Standard work hours 'won't cost more' in the long run

Legislating standard working hours will not result in a rise in business costs in the long run as companies will look for ways to rearrange work flow in a more efficient manner, an expert with International Labour Organisation has said.

1 Apr 2013 - 10:31pm 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 11, 2013

Limited Wi-fi coverage and complicated login procedures hinder the use of wireless internet technology. Photo: Jonathan Wong

My Wi-fi device at home has become a standard household fixture, but Wi-fi networks outside are still unsatisfactory. Hot spots pop up in shopping malls, coffee shops, restaurants and the MTR. But complicated log-ins with terms and conditions and procedures are frustrating.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am 1 comment

For law on working hours, the devil is in the details

Some less-skilled workers in certain sectors are being forced to work long hours. Photo: May Tse

The debate on standard working hours will soon be under way, with a committee being formed to examine the possibility of legislation. Many people will see it as a natural step following the introduction of a minimum wage. But it is significantly more complicated; the potential to accidentally damage Hong Kong's competitiveness may also be greater.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

Yahoo chief calls for return to workstations

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer has told staff working from home to return to the company's offices. Photo: Reuters

Jackie Reses, Yahoo's executive vice-president of people and development, sent a memorandum last week asking employees with work-from-home arrangements to make their way to the offices, starting from June.

27 Feb 2013 - 2:34am

Letters to the Editor, February 18, 2013

Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. Photo: AP

It is common for employees in Hong Kong to work long hours. There appears to be no change in this state of affairs despite efforts by the government to change the working culture.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 1, 2013

Many members of the public are still concerned that rents and home prices will continue to rise beyond their affordability. Photo: AP

Legco should back property intervention

The chief executive announced various measures in his policy address to the Legislative Council, aimed at increasing subsidised housing and also at stabilising home prices, especially for lower-income families.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:09am