it did not go far enough
stop people from working longer hours without an overtime bonus
The starting salary on average for form five graduates was now about $6000 to $8000.
middle-to-high income earners
The company was not considering cutting salaries and its arrangement for end of year bonuses would not change.
Civil servants have had their salaries frozen for the past two years.
civil service pay has outstripped the private sector
replacing their fixed 13th-month pay with a flexible bonus
reward staff for good performance by means of bonuses
pays workers more than the minimum rate set by the government
give the pay rises only to the better performers
a law to guarantee a minimum wage and maximum working hours
Unions have vowed to take the government to court over controversial legislation passed yesterday enforcing pay cuts for 180,000 civil servants.
Legislators seized on the pay and perks, which include club memberships and the use of three yachts, to criticise the corporation for failing to cut executives' benefits while insisting fare rises come in next April.
A string of provincial governments have announced steep increases in their statutory minimum wages.
win the pay-cut battle
had a well-paid job
The Executive Council yesterday endorsed a pay rise offer to all 320,000 civil servants and staff at subsidised organisations which will cost the Government an estimated $4 billion a year.
is going into this year's wage talks fighting for a 6.5% wage hike
We're willing to be generous but we can't agree to pay rises that will cause irretrievable damage to the competitiveness of the airline and Hong Kong.
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