Hong Kong: Minimum wage to cause disputes

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Hong Kong is seeking to introduce a minimum wage which should increase earnings for 11% of the workforce. The Hong Kong Wage Commission has announced that it has set a figure which is believed to be HK$28 per hour. This would be approximately halfway between the HK$33 per hour unions were demanding and the HK$24 per hour employers were hoping for.

The territory’s unions maintain that a minimum wage would be beneficial for stability whilst employers contend that it could have a negative economic impact.

Any law would not apply to the tens of thousands of migrant workers employed as domestic helpers from countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia.

Source: bbc.co.uk/01.09.2010