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    29 Mar 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Labor Policies

    Issue

    • Minimum Wage law

    News Content

    • Although the government introduced guideline for the forthcoming minimum wage law, it has left at least two critical issues – whether workers were to be paid for meal breaks and rest days – unresolved.
    • Commissioner for Labor Cheuk-hing said neither the Minimum Wage Ordinance nor the Employment Ordinance says that meal breaks and rest days should be paid. He said those matters should be settled between employers and employees.
    • He said if existing contracts were not clear, of if employers had problems in shouldering the financial burden, employers should reach consensus with workers on lawful, sensible and reasonable grounds.

    Questions

    • The unclear guideline has outraged labor activists. Unionist lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan believed the guideline appears to favor employers. Tam Leung-ying, organizer of the Neighborhood and Workers Service Centre the 310,000 workers who could benefit from the minimum wage are low-educated and have low skills, therefore they could hardly negotiate with employers.
    • The employers groups are also worried about the ambiguities, fearing it may cause disputes.
    • If the government really want to protect the grass-root labor, it should clearly state out if the meal breaks and rest days are paid or not. Leaving those unsettled but critical issues to employers and employees will put the grass-root labor at a disadvantage.