MTRC pay increase falls short

Local | Charlotte Luo 11 Jul 2019

MTR Corp employees will receive a pay rise ranging from 2.1 to 6.3 percent this year - slightly higher than last year's range of 1.95 to 5.9 percent.

The Hong Kong Federation of Railway Trade Unions, which represents about 4,000 MTR workers, said yesterday the pay rise did not meet its demands of no less than 8 percent for all employees. It will decide on the next step after consulting members.

The pay rise is classified into five grades based on performance. About 55 percent of the staff who achieved a grade three will get an increase of 4.2 percent, compared to 4.3 percent last year.

Those who achieved better grades of four and five will see their wages increase by five and 6.3 percent, compared to 4.7 and 5.9 percent last year.

Employees who are on grade two will get a 2.1 percent increase, and those on grade one will not get an increase.

Those who obtained grade three to five will receive an annual bonus of 1.6 to 2.27 times of their monthly salary.

The rail operator will grant an extra bonus equivalent to 30 percent of an employee's monthly wage as this year is the company's 40th anniversary.

Lam Wai-keung, chairman of the federation, said it welcomes the special bonus. But it was disappointed that the company did not agree to structurally change the pay rise mechanism and restore the overnight allowance to the 2003 pre-SARS level.

Some federation members assembled at the MTRCL's headquarters in Kowloon Bay yesterday before their representatives met with the rail operator's management.

They also asked the management to review employees' medical coverage, reduce the age gap between old and new employees and allow employees to retire later.

Meanwhile, more long-distance express rail trains started to run between the mainland and Hong Kong yesterday.

Trains servicing the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link have increased from 13 to 17 a day, and four additional long-haul trains will now travel to Chongqing, Nanning, Tianjin and Zhaoqing. As a result, the number of mainland destinations that can now be reached from West Kowloon Station has increased from 44 to 58.

The 14 new destinations are Baiyangdian, Chongqing West, Foshan West, Guiyang East, Handan East, Hengshan West, Nanning East, Sanshui South, Shantou, Tianjin West, Wuzhou South, Yueyang East, Zhaoqing East and Zunyi.

One of the five existing train services that completes its journey at Chaoshan will continue on to Shantou station.

Some passengers to Shantou said it's much more convenient.

charlotte.luo@singtaonewscorp.com

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