Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tracking the Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage in Hong Kong will cost far too many people their jobs and increase the real wage. But, this doesn't include the additional costs in administration or change in workflow. Lion Rock will track developments and also management fee increases, food costs, and employment data from several industries employing large amounts of minimum wage workers to measure the impact of the minimum wage. Feel free to send us tips when you hear of them.
Updates will appear here, and on LRIs website.


Date Details Source
3/30/11 Approx. 80 cleaners and back-up staff at Eastern Hospital are asked to switch contracts from a monthly to a daily basis and told lunch breaks and rest days are not included in pay. http://bit.ly/stnd80minwage
4/11/2011 Cleaning workers in old blocks fired or forced to work fewer hours. SCMP
4/11/2011 Rehiring of 200 security guards to reduce future long-service payments. SCMP
4/11/2011 Tour guides forced to work part-time so they are paid less in non-peak season. SCMP
4/11/2011 Chain store workers told not to have lunch in stores so the company does not have to pay meal breaks. SCMP
4/11/2011 Workers at a chain sign contracts giving them paid meal breaks but unpaid rest days. SCMP
4/11/2011 Half of the city's 180 internet cafes say they will be forced to close due to the minimum wage law and proposed rules barring them from operating in residential buildings and banning people under 16 after midnight. SCMP

  • Cleaning workers in old blocks fired or forced to work fewer hours. Security guards told to do their duties.
  • New City Property Management sacks, rehires 200 security guards to reduce future long-service payments.
  • Tour guides forced to work part-time so they are paid less in non-peak season.
  • Japan Home Centre chain workers told not to have lunch in stores so the company does not have to pay meal breaks. Workers say this is impractical due to limited manpower.
  • Half of the city's 180 internet cafes say they will be forced to close due to the minimum wage law and proposed rules barring them from operating in residential buildings and banning people under 16 after midnight.
  • Workers at the Tsui Wah restaurant chain sign contracts giving them paid meal breaks but unpaid rest days.

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