Minimum Wage in Hong Kong (Vincent and Yuki)

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Minimum Wage in Hong Kong (Vincent and Yuki)

  1. 1. MINIMUM WAGE IN HONG KONG NG Yuen Kiu, Yuki(08418047) TAM Ngo Yin, Vincent (08418039)
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Wage Protection Movement (WPM) announced to be promopted </li></ul><ul><li>On 11 October 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Donald TSANG Yam-kuen, </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>This is to protect the wage level of </li></ul><ul><li>i) cleaning workers ;and </li></ul><ul><li>ii) security guards </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Through voluntary and non-legislative means. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The legislative council will review the effectiveness of WPM </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>decide whether to implement the minimum wage law in the 2008-2009 legislative session. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The result is not good </li></ul><ul><li>Only minor companies join the scheme voluntarily </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The employers change the job title to avoid joining the scheme </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. cleaning workers  office assistant </li></ul><ul><li>security guards  accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>assistant </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Existing measurements for minimum wage </li></ul><ul><li>The only exception is an extremely low minimum wage is set for foreign domestic helpers employed in Hong Kong . </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>A law for minimum wage started to be discussed at the year 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Most likely will be passed by the legislative council </li></ul>
  10. 10. THE ADVANTAGES OF THE MINIMUM WAGE <ul><li>Protect workers’ salary </li></ul><ul><li>protect the low wages worker </li></ul><ul><li>fulfil and maintain </li></ul><ul><li>basic life standard in Hong Kong. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Maintain workers’ dignity </li></ul><ul><li>to avoid working under long working hours but low salary </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Maintain the social stability </li></ul><ul><li>The consuming power will be increased </li></ul><ul><li>protect the workers’ life standard </li></ul><ul><li>avoid the social problem </li></ul><ul><li>such as robbery, commit suicide, family violence, etc. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Correction of mind set </li></ul><ul><li>an excuse </li></ul><ul><li>that the low wages cannot maintain their life in Hong Kong, </li></ul><ul><li>make use to gain the government welfare </li></ul><ul><li> they can work by themselves </li></ul><ul><li>need not the government assistance, </li></ul><ul><li>reduces the welfare burden of the government. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Reduce the extreme disparity between the rich and the poor </li></ul><ul><li>narrow the extreme disparity between the rich and the poor </li></ul>
  15. 15. Type of Minimum Wage <ul><li>Country-wide (e.g. USA, Japan, France) </li></ul><ul><li>Industry-wide (e.g. Germany, Italy, South Korea) </li></ul><ul><li>Region-wide (e.g. Australia) </li></ul><ul><li>Job Nature-wide (e.g. Britain, New Zealand) </li></ul>
  16. 16. RECOMMENDATION <ul><li>establish an advisory Minimum Wage Commission (MWC).  </li></ul><ul><li>MWC members will be drawn from the labour sector, business community, academia and government departments.  </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The Commission will study the level of minimum wage as well as the review mechanism, </li></ul><ul><li>i) ensure a sensible balance between safeguarding the </li></ul><ul><li>interests of grassroots workers </li></ul><ul><li>ii) forestalling the loss of low-paid jobs, </li></ul><ul><li>iii) sustaining our economic growth and competitiveness.  </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>introduction of an across-the-board minimum wage </li></ul><ul><li>protect workers against exploitation </li></ul><ul><li>while at the same time prevent the loss of low-paid jobs .  </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>wages are returns for employees' labour.  </li></ul><ul><li>the minimum wage may not be sufficient to cover family expenses of all employees. </li></ul><ul><li>Employees in need can obtain assistance under the current social security system.  </li></ul><ul><li>i.e.  government subsides the 1/5 amount of the minimum wage </li></ul>

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