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    4 MAY 2011 列印 E-mail

    Category

    Labor Policy

    Issue

    • Minimum Wage law

    News Content

    • A mother made a call to an RTHK phone-in program yesterday, complaining her 45-year-old mildly mentally impaired son, who works a McDonald’s in wong Tai, had had his working hours cut this week.
    • He now works an hour and a half a day, for HK$42. Before that, the man earned HK$ 93.6 for working four hours a day at an hourly rate of HK$23.4.
    • The mother said the family had asked for the son take part the productivity assessment, but McDonald refused.
    • MacDonald however said last night it would restore the man’s working hours, but refused to explain why it had work his hours.

    Questions

    • The aims of the new labor law are to protect the grassroots labor. Disabled people are one of them. But the new law turns them away. Under the law, disabled people may ask to undergo productivity assessment to show they deserve higher pay rates. And according to Dr. Fernando Cheung employers could sack workers if they did not agree to or were not satisfied with the assessment result, without violating the Disability Discrimination Ordinance. This part of law does not protect the disabled employers and help them earn a better wage.
    • The case illustrates even the worker is willing to take up the assessment. His will does not earn him a better pay even under the new law. That part of regulation protects the employers rather than the grassroots workers.
    • The government should keep on amending the law, filling up loopholes that harm labor’s interest.