Pay freeze not going down well with disciplined services

Local | 3 Jun 2020 12:02 pm

A group representing staff in the disciplined forces said today that members are extremely disappointed by the government's move to freeze the pay of civil servants this year, RTHK reports.
While the Pay Trend Survey Committee had suggested across the board pay rises for civil servants this year of between 1.15 and 1.98 percent, some unions were hoping for increases of 4 percent.
But on Tuesday, the Executive Council approved a freeze. Chief Executive Carrie Lam urged civil servants to help Hong Kong "ride out this difficult time."
Bonnie Lo, who chairs the Disciplined Services Consultative Council, said on an RTHK program that staff morale has been hit hard by the government's decision.
She also pointed out that the city's 180,000 or so civil servants have been left out of the government's epidemic relief package.
Meanwhile, Li Kwai-yin of the Chinese Civil Servants' Association criticized the government for its "short-sightedness" by freezing pay for just the one year.
Her group had called for a three-year freeze and today she warned there's a good chance that civil servants will now suffer pay cuts in the next couple of years, if the city's economy doesn't bounce back quickly.
Li said her association may drop out of the government's Pay Trend Survey Committee, arguing that survey figures aren't objective enough and they cannot reflect the actual situation when there's a "special economic environment."


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