Minimum wagestart demanded (Print)

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Minimum wagestart demanded by Martin Wong, South China Morning Post, June 10, 2008 A minimum-wage law should be introduced this year because a voluntary campaign had failed, the government-friendly Federation of Trade Unions said yesterday. The union wanted the minimum-wage set at HK$6,800 a month - 60 per cent of average income - and to apply to all workers, chairman Wong Kwok-kin said. "The government has always said it will assess the success of the voluntary ‘wage protection movement' in October before discussing legislation for the statutory minimum-wage," he said. "The government should start working now the voluntary campaign has been a failure." The government launched its voluntary scheme in October 2006 in the hope that employers of 190,000 cleaners and security guards would agree to pay them at least the median wage. But the union says only 34 per cent have benefited. FTU legislator Wong Kwok-hing said the government "should not linger over nonsense talks", adding the manpower panel could finalise the legal framework before the
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Unformatted text preview: Legislative Council term ended next month. "The government should fulfil its pledge to draw up the legislation in the 2008-09 legislative session. It should hand ina proposal to Legco by the end of this year," he said. Wong Kwok-kin said: "What we suggest is a minimum wage equal to 60 per cent of the average monthly wage of HK$11,325. In order to eliminate exploitation through long working hours, we suggest a minimum hourly wage of HK$33, and overtime pay of HK$50 an hour." Based on that, someone who works 81/2 hours a day, 24 days a month, would get at least HK$6,732 a month. Census and Statistics Department figures show that in the fourth quarter of last year, cleaners on average worked eight hours a day, 26 days a month, and earned HK$5,241. Security guards on average worked 10 hours a day, 26 days a month, and earned HK$7,115 a month. Wong Kwok-hing said: "There are 500,000 people earning less than HK$5,000 a month. It is a real shame for a wealthy metropolis such as Hong Kong."...
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