HK civil servants agree to 6% pay cut


  • AseanPlus News
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

HONG KONG: Civil servants here have agreed to accept pay cuts of about 6%, rolling their salaries back to what they were in 1997 as part of a plan to cut public expenditure to close a gaping deficit, a minister said yesterday. 

“In this community which is already full of conflicts, full of finger-pointing, I believe we have set a good example and I believe this is something which should be applauded,” said the secretary for civil service Joseph Wong. 

Civil service unions and the government have agreed to two cuts of 3% each in January next year and January of 2005, a government spokeswoman later said. 

The cuts would save HK$7bil (RM3.4bil) when fully implemented, Wong said, without giving any time frame. 

The deal comes after months of bitter wrangling between the civil service and administration and follows a cut of up to 4.42% in October for the 178,000 workers. – Reuters  

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