Date
20 October 2017
Labor unions have been calling for 17 paid holidays per year. At present, many workers don't get paid leaves on Easter holidays, Buddha's Birthday and the day after Christmas. Photo: HKEJ
Labor unions have been calling for 17 paid holidays per year. At present, many workers don't get paid leaves on Easter holidays, Buddha's Birthday and the day after Christmas. Photo: HKEJ

Labor unions want paid holidays increased to 17 days a year

Seven employees’ unions under the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) are demanding 17 days of paid general holidays per year, Metro Daily reports.

At present, their frontline workers are only entitled to 12 days of paid general holidays, which are fewer than those enjoyed by executives in at least five major employers in Hong Kong.

As a result, they often feel exhausted from the huge number of customers and large amounts of goods they have to handle on a daily basis, while finding it hard to spend time with their families, the unions said.

Among those who signed the petition were representatives of Swire Beverages (Hong Kong) Employees General Union, Hong Kong Disneyland Cast Members’ Union and New World First Bus Company Staff Union.

The HKCTU said increasing the number of paid general holidays from 12 to 17 would only bring the overall labor cost up by 0.3 percentage point, which is an affordable level for employers, Sing Tao Daily reported.

According to a government estimate, the proposed increase in the number of general holidays would translate to an increase of HK$1.8 billion in labor costs for the employers of the city’s 850,000 workers.

The HKCTU plans to stage a protest at the government headquarters on Friday to press their demand.

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