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Matthew Cheung expects to discuss on standard working hours in next year’s spring

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Matthew Cheung expects to discuss on standard working hours in next year’s spring

4th October, 2011

Last year’s Policy Address stated that the government would be embarking on a policy study on standard working hours. Yet, the public haven’t received any updates from the government on this issue and many wonder (what’s the progress). Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said the government has been working on the issue, and it is expected that the committee responsible for standard working hours policy will start their discussion in the first season of the coming year.

The 2011-2012 Policy Address, outlining the Government’s policy direction for the coming year, is expected to be delivered by Chief Executive Donald Tsang in mid-October. Many wonder if the standard working hours issue will be listed in the new Policy Address.

“Standard working hours is relatively a complicated issue. Since it has extensive implications for the society and the economy, the government has to be prudent,” explained Cheung.

Cheung emphasized that they have been working on the issue. He added that before (...) discussion, a three-phase preparation has to be carried out.

“First, the bureau has to collect information concerning the implementation of standard working hours policy in other countries to be used as a reference,” said Cheung. He continued, “We can draw on these past experiences.”

Apart from studying overseas cases, Cheung said that local data has to be collected. He believes that only an evidence-based discussion will do.

“The Census and Statistic Department has started conducting special enquiries and researches on the pattern of employees working hours in different industries. Only with those figures, will the discussion be carried out efficiently,” said Cheung.

Cheung explained that the statutory minimum wage, which was implemented in May this year, had a great effect on employees’ working hour pattern. “Some employers asked their employees to work (for a different pattern?), or even lessen their working hours in order to decrease costs.”

Furthermore, he stated that since it has to keep an eye on the labor market and take note of any changes, the Census and Statistic Department could only finish their collection of data in the first season of the coming year.

“Only with overseas cases as references, and with sufficient information on the local situation, can we have a comprehensive and objective analysis on the issue,” said Cheung.

Cheung expects that the committee will start their discussion on the standard working hour policy in the first season of 2012.


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