While politicians debated the legislation for a minimum wage, most low-paid workers were too busy at their jobs to think much about it. Restaurant cleaner Mrs Lau, 62, rinsing dishes at fast-food chain Cafe de Coral for the HK$22 an hour she has earned for the past 17 years, did not know she might be getting a pay increase. 'Who would say no to more money? I'm sure all my fellow workers like money,' she said on learning of it. Despite that, she remained wary about the authorities' determination to help low-income workers. 'Really, who cares how much we earn? I've been getting HK$22 for so many years, I've become OK with it.' If the rate is set at HK$25, her pay will rise by about HK$700 to HK$5,900 a month if she continues to work nine hours a day, six days a week. At a minimum rate of HK$33 an hour, she will make about HK$7,700 - or HK$2,500 more per month. 'It will not make me rich, but it's definitely better to have a minimum wage,' she said. 'I can buy more fresh seafood for my family's dinner then.' Despite fears expressed by the catering industry, she wasn't afraid she would lose her job as a result of the new law. 'No,' she said. 'All employees will be happier and we will work even harder. Why would we lose our jobs?' At KFC's Causeway Bay branch, 18-year-old trainee Jack Tsang said he had been too busy sweeping floors for HK$21 an hour to follow the Legco discussion. But he strongly supported the passing of the law, regardless of what level the minimum is set at. 'Of course it's better. Many people are making really too little money for their hard work,' said Tsang, a Form Five student doing his first summer job. 'This work is really tough,' he said while clearing food trays and then sweeping the floor. 'I hadn't imagined this work would pay only HK$21. I hope the law takes effect soon.' In the same district, 17-year-old Alan Tsang was giving out flyers on the street for Japanese fast-food restaurant Yoshinoya for HK$21 an hour. The part-timer will earn at least HK$1,000 more a month if the rate is set at HK$25. 'There should not be any doubt whether this law is good for the general public. Too many people are selling their labour for next to nothing,' he said. Hank Cheng, 21, a project leader for a company that conducts surveys, said he supported the law because it would provide better protection for his team members. 'They'll get a lot more than the HK$4,000 they get now. And that'll not be a problem.' Before the end of the summer break, the Provisional Minimum Wage Commission will recommend the minimum hourly rate to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, taking into account the standards of living, conditions in the labour market, and the need to foster employment and social harmony.