Date
25 July 2017
The Standard Working Hours Committee is evaluating the impact of potential legislation on work hour norms.
The Standard Working Hours Committee is evaluating the impact of potential legislation on work hour norms.

Standard working hours talks to focus on low-income employees

A government consultative body has decided to take forward the discussion on standard working hours by focusing on workers who are receiving less than HK$15,000 per month, RTHK reported.

Leong Che-hung, chairman of the Standard Working Hours Committee, said after a meeting Wednesday that the committee has listened to the opinion of the economic advisor appointed by the government, including issues related to people’s working hours per week and salaries. 

The committee has decided to continue the discussion by focusing on the income group below HK$15,000 per month, Leong said. It will consult employers and employees in several sectors, including the retailing and restaurant businesses. 

He added that the committee will increase the frequency of its meetings and hope to submit a report to the government next year. 

Stanley Lau Chin-ho, who represents employers, said they will figure out what impact the launch of standard working hours will have on local businesses.

Ng Chau-pei, who represents the labor, said he welcomes the committee’s move to meet more frequently, which could help resolve the problem of long working hours in the city as early as possible. 

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