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“Standard working hours” needs more investigation though “minimum wage” had succeeded, said Cheung Kin-chung.

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The Secretary for Labour and Welfare Cheung Kin-chung said that the policy of standard working hours still need more investigation before carrying out. However, the figures collected will be released before he leaves his post in the department of labour and welfare next year.


The two important policy tackling poverty in Hong Kong, Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme and Minimum Wage are carried out this year. Cheung said that the statutory of minimum wage has been come into force for about five months since 1 May 2011. He commented that the policy has win initial success with having more people benefited from it. He mentioned that after the implementation of minimum wage, there are more than 200 thousand street-level labours have about four to five percent of growth in income. Apart from that, there are at least 3000 recruitment request given by private companies every day with the carried out of free employment and recruitment services to job seekers and employers.


However, Cheung said that even the implement of minimum wage has an initial success, the implement of standard working hours still need more investigation. He said that this policy is more complicated as there are more people involved in it. The policy of minimum wage focus on the lowest level of labour and their employers, however, the policy of standard working hours involve all labour and employers in Hong Kong. Therefore they need more figures and investigation before carrying out this policy.


Cheung said that before introducing the policy to the public, they still need more figures and in different aspects. One is the figures and experiences of countries that had implemented standard working hour policy. Secondly, he said that they need to have figures on different types of industries. He mentioned that before the implementation of minimum wage, they had made surveys on the lowest income people received. Same with this policy, similar figures are needed on the issue of working hours. As minimum wage is related to standard working hours, they need time to observe the changes of market. They may need around a season to gather related information. Finally, they need to make evaluations on the figures. He said that the policy need to be evidence based so as to convince the companies.


He said that introducing policies for labour rights need to balance both employer and employees, otherwise it is hard to be accepted by the public. Therefore, he said that they need a objective and macro analysis in order to convince the companies. As a result, it is impossible for the policy to be implemented within a short period of time. However, he said that the policy will be mentioned in the next policy address and will be carried out before the end of his term of office.

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