Hong Kong’s construction workers to be impacted by salary freeze

Hong Kong’s construction workers to be impacted by salary freeze

The Hong Kong Construction Industry Employees General Union proposed for salary for construction workers to be frozen next month.

This is the first time that salaries will not be adjusted upwards in the last 10 years. At least 350,000 workers are expected to be affected by this move.

The union said the move is rare and that it was forced to come to the decision.

The Union further pointed out that from January to August 2019, the average unemployment rate in the industry is around 5% which is substantially higher than in 2018. At the moment, workers also face insufficient workload, salary cuts and retrenchment.

The Union further criticised the pro-democracy Legislative Councillors for impeding government to deploy project funding totalling over HK$70 billion.

Many workers only worked for 10 days in a month and half of them have already changed career. The Union hopes that Legislative Councillors will not stall the government funding so that the construction industry can recover from the slump.

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