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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 needs more investigation before being carried out. However, the figures collected will be released before he leaves his post with the Department of Labour and Welfare next year.


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


However, Cheung said that even if the implementation of minimum wage has an initial success, the implementation of standard working hours still needs more investigation. He said that this policy is more complicated as there are more people involved in it. The policy of minimum wage focuses on the lowest level of labour and their employers, however, the policy of standard working hours involves 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 have implemented standard working hour policies. 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. Likewise 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 market changes. They may need around a season or so to gather related information. Finally, they need evaluate the figures. He said that the policy needs to be evidence based so as to convince the companies.


He said that introducing policies for labour rights needs to balance both employer and employees, otherwise they are difficult for the public to accept. Therefore, he said that they need an objective, 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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