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Cathay reveals extent of profit slump

Cathay Pacific Airways releases its annual results, with the figures expected to show profits plunging by almost 90 per cent to HK$570 million. Chief executive John Slosar warned in November that the airline had experienced a "difficult" year.

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 3:00am

Unions 'an option' to run MPF schemes

Anna Wu Hung-yuk, Chairman of Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority. Photo: May Tse

Mandatory provident fund schemes run by non-profit organisations could be an option to drive down management fees, the head of Hong Kong's pension fund regulator says.

Anna Wu Hung-yuk cited trade unions and industry associations as an example of possible alternatives to the current scheme providers from the finance industry.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:35am 11 comments

Strikers take on the bosses

When more than 7,000 workers downed tools and walked off the job at a shoe factory in Guangdong last month, they were thinking of colleagues like Song Wenya.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fewer complaints by Indonesian maids

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Reforms planned to cut firms' influence over local unions

The mainland's sole official trade union will pay staff in its branches from next year and will gradually allow more leaders of the grass-roots unions under its umbrella to be elected by workers' representatives.

23 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Worker discontent calls for an independent view

Factory workers on the mainland no longer seem willing to put up or shut up. The strike at a Honda component manufacturing plant in Foshan is the latest example of their growing assertiveness. Strikes are not rare on the shop floor but this one has seen clashes between workers and staff of the state-run trade union. This is unusual.

2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Party newspaper weighs in on protecting workers' welfare

The People's Daily published a commentary yesterday urging trade unions to play a bigger role in protecting workers' interests, following a long-anticipated directive issued by the All-China Federation of Trade Unions over the weekend.

But many people criticised the directive for coming too late after the Foxconn suicides.

1 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Catering workers demand MPF action

Catering workers are demanding harsher penalties for bosses who fail to pay into their Mandatory Provident Fund accounts.

They also accused the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority of adding to their problems.

21 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Labour disputes rise 30pc, top court says

The number of labour disputes on the mainland rose 30 per cent in the first half of the year, the Supreme People's Court said yesterday.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Unions unhappy with pay report

Unions representing the disciplined services expressed their dissatisfaction yesterday over a recent report on their pay grades.

About 200 paramedics dressed in black T-shirts protested outside Legco, while lawmakers criticised the report, saying at a public services panel that it oversimplified the issue and fell short of what was needed.

20 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

More strikes on the horizon, say unionists

Unionist lawmakers have warned of the likelihood of more strikes and industrial action this year as workers seek to defend their interests amid the economic downturn.

Lee Cheuk-yan, lawmaker of the Confederation of Trade Unions, predicted yesterday that the year would be marked by labour problems.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Global giants face union push

Beijing will keep pushing multinational giants to set up trade unions on the mainland this year to protect employees from the fallout of the financial crisis, Xinhua reported yesterday.

1 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Time to improve industrial relations

An increasingly regulated employment landscape is damaging the relationship between employers and staff, according to a human resources professional. This could adversely affect corporations' bottom lines if firms fail to take a proactive and well-rounded approach to engaging policymakers and unions.

22 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Stark warning

Unions say that cutting civil service pay will have a knock-on effect on private sector workers. Do you agree, or do you think the pain of the economic crisis should be shared by government employees? Write to us.

11 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Union fixes charter to cover rights of migrant workers

The country's sole trade union organisation concluded its five-yearly national congress yesterday by amending its charter to address the rights of tens of millions of migrant workers.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am