Thursday, July 15, 2010

最低工資的政治角力

(Hong Kong Economic Journal, 15.7.2010)

The Lion Rock Institute is mentioned in the Hong Kong Economic Journal. The piece states that the Institute is against the minimum wage legislation and that it uses foreign examples to illustrate the evidence and theories that points out the negative impacts of this legislation. Furthermore, the legislation will harm the low-wage workers first. The minimum wage law will not protect those who are working in the low-skilled sectors.

"我們向來反對最低工資立法,理由在過去已反覆申述,本報作者雷鼎鳴教授和獅子山學會的成員,也同樣對最低工資立法抱懷疑態度,他們引述外國例子再輔之以實證及理論,均清楚指出最低工資立法往往會對最基層的低薪工人造成打擊,好心做壞事,原意為保障低薪工人的法例,反過來會令他們最先受害,因為無法承受最低工資水平的企業,必會炒掉一批低薪員工或以機器代替人手以保持競爭力,在這個淘汰過程中,低薪工人的討價還價能力甚低,經常會成為犧牲品。"

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