Thursday, 28 May 2020

News by Country: Hong Kong

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Hong Kong 

·     Hong Kong’s jobless rate rises to 5.2 per cent amid pandemic (SCMP, 19 May 2020) 

·     Hong Kong employers who sack workers but apply for wage subsidies will face cash penalties: labour minister Law Chi-kwong (SCMP, 18 May 2020) 

·     Government investment critical to restore public confidence during pandemic, leading economist says (SCMP, 18 May 2020) 

·     Hong Kong urged to drop prosecutions of leading activists, not to silence peaceful protect (UN, 13 May 2020) 

·     Left out of Hong Kong relief package, asylum seekers struggle with higher food prices, lack of masks (SCMP, 10 May 2020) 

·     Hong Kong bosses push for minimum wage freeze amid Covid-19 struggles (SCMP, 5 May 2020)

·     Hong Kong economy shrinks record 8.9% in first quarter amid coronavirus - worst on record (Hong Kong Free Press, 5 May 2020) 

·     Hong Kong retailers turn to staff-run online shops as sales slump (SCMP, 4 May 2020)

·     “Prohibition on Group Gathering” Suppresses Public Demonstration The Union Front Persist with May Day Street Counters (HKCTU, 3 May 2020) 

·     How coronavirus pushes Hong Kong domestic workers into debt traps (SCMP, 3 May 2020)

·     Rising food prices during pandemic add to burdens of Hong Kong’s poor, with more seeking handouts (SCMP, 3 May 2020)

·     Hong Kong's new labor unions aim to reshape political landscape (Nikkei, 2 May 2020) 

·     Hong Kong facing threat of worst recession ever, finance chief Paul Chan warns, as he predicts coronavirus will have ‘long-lasting’ impact (SCMP, 29 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong public services to resume next week, says city’s leader Carrie Lam but news on whether social distancing will end (SCMP, 28 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong unemployment rate rises for sixth straight month in March amid pandemic (SCMP, 20 April 2020) 

·     All the gigs are gone: Hong Kong freelancers, casual workers feel bypassed for subsidies as coronavirus pandemic batters economy (SCMP, 20 April 2020) 

·     Enough data not available to enlist Covid-19 as an occupational disease, Hong Kong labour minister says, as unionists accuse government of failing to protect workers (SCMP, 19 April 2020) 

·     Expect Hong Kong unemployment rate to rise for sixth straight month amid coronavirus pandemic, top officials warn (SCMP, 19 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong’s jobless burn savings waiting for government help and courses, saying pandemic relief measures overlook them (SCMP, 18 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong workers on unpaid leave unsure they qualify for pandemic subsidies (SCMP, 18 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong orders banks to grant unprecedented six-month loan repayment holiday to help small business survive slump (SCMP, 18 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong’s HK$137.5 billion Covid-19 safety net not big enough, Legislative Council members say (SCMP, 17 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong finance chief rules out issuing bonds to pay for pandemic deficit (SCMP, 16 April 2020)

·     Workers brace for wage losses if construction shuts down (BWI, 15 April 2020) 

·     85% Workers in Hong Kong Affected by COVID-19! HKCTU Proposes Cash Allowance to Workers NOW!!! (HKCTU, 15 April 2020)

·     Hong Kong welfare minister warns against employer cheating as details of HK$80 billion subsidy plan unveiled (SCMP, 14 April 2020)

·     Rough ride for Hong Kong cabbies: incomes shrink as passengers stay home to avoid coronavirus (SCMP, 11 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong ministers admit loopholes in wage subsidy scheme, but say the policy is still in the work (SCMP, 11 April 2020)

·     Millions to get further cash boost from Hong Kong’s transport subsidy scheme (SCMP, 11 April 2020)

·     Domestic violence cases up sharply in Hong Kong since start of pandemic (SCMP, 11 April 2020)

·     Unions: jobless ‘ignored’ by government in new Covid-19 relief plan (SCMP, 10 April 2020)

·     Hong Kong wage subsidy scheme sparks concern over potential for abuse (SCMP, 10 April 2020)

·     Hong Kong domestic workers seek inclusion in coronavirus relief measures (SCMP, 10 April 2020)

·     City should pay two months’ wages for all Hong Kong workers, says newspaper mogul (SCMP, 8 April 2020)

·     Coronavirus: Carrie Lam unveils Hong Kong’s biggest Covid-19 relief package yet, worth HK$138 billion, to ensure 1.5 million workers still get paid (SCMP, 8 April 2020)

·     Hong Kong denies 'slavery' as prisoners work nights to make face masks (Thomson Reuters Foundation, 8 April 2020)

·     Hotel layoffs add to job fears (The Standard, 3 April 2020) 

·     Coronavirus: Hong Kong residents unhappy with Covid-19 response - and surgical masks one big reason why, Post survey shows (SCMP, 1 April 2020) 

·     Hong Kong salaries could fall 20% as double whammy of protests and Covid-19 hit (Human Resources Online, 1 April 2020) 


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