Lee Cheuk-yan takes aim at building industry 'tea money' graft

Local | 11 Feb 2019 12:54 pm

Veteran trade unionist Lee Cheuk-yan called on the construction industry today to change its practice of hiring casual workers, to help stop them from being exploited.

Lee made the call after the ICAC revealed an increase in complaints over recruiters extorting cash from workers for job referrals. The anti-graft body said it received 31 such reports last year, up from 12 in 2016.

The graftbuster said some workers gave recruiters up to HK$250 per day as "tea money,'' out of fear they would lose their jobs if they did not make the payments.

Lee said employers should take the lead to stop the practice.

"They should give the workers more of a short-term contract that is not on a daily basis, but on a basis of the whole project,” he said.-Photo: RTHK

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