Date
21 October 2018
Civil servants demand a 5 percent pay rise, citing the solid government finances and the positive economic sentiment. Photo: HKEJ
Civil servants demand a 5 percent pay rise, citing the solid government finances and the positive economic sentiment. Photo: HKEJ

Civil servants unhappy with proposed pay rises

Civil servants voiced dissatisfaction with the latest pay rise proposals, and demanded that their salaries be increased by no less than 5 percent, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Based on the latest pay trend survey, the government proposed on Tuesday a 4.51 percent pay rise for civil servants in the lower and middle salary bands, and a 4.06 percent rise for those in the upper bands and directorate grade.

But Li Kwai-yin, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants’ Association, said they are disappointed with the proposals, insisting that the net pay trend indicators are not entirely fair.

The record-high payroll cost of civil service increments also distorted the pay trend indicators, Li said.

Pointing to the solid government finances and the positive economic sentiment, Li said the government should share the fruit of the city’s economic success with the civil servants.

Steven Wong Hung-lok, chairman of the Hong Kong Senior Government Officers Association, agreed, citing the government’s huge fiscal surplus.

Wong lamented that the government has not fully taken into consideration the importance of boosting civil service morale.

Both associations demand a 5 percent pay rise for their members.

The Civil Service Bureau said the pay adjustment proposals were based not only on the pay trend survey, but also on the state of the economy, the government’s fiscal position, changes in the cost of living, and staff feedback.

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