Hong Kong's first statutory wage rise in two years took effect this week with some workers wages rising from $32.50 to a marginally less depressing $34.50. For workers earning less than HK$14,100 a month, their employers are now legally required to keep a record of their total working hours. Considering that the average rent for a shoebox apartment in the city is $4,000 a month - making up over half of many people's income on the new minimum wage - it's probably safe to say the increase doesn't go far enough.
More than a third of the entire Hong Kong Police Force will be deployed to protect state leaders during their visit next month to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty, the biggest deployment since the handover actually happened. 10,000 police officers protecting a handful of politicians? Seems reasonable. Good use of resources. Nice one. Well played. Great.
In a landmark victory with (hopefully) far-reaching implications for Hong Kong’s sexual minorities, a gay civil servant’s husband will be entitled to the same benefits as his heterosexual colleagues’ spouses after a successful legal challenge against government policy. Wrapping up a case that has become one of the only instances in which the judicial system has recognised the city’s gay community, the High Court on Friday rejected the Civil Service Bureau’s stance that it was denying benefits for same-sex spouses to protect “the integrity of the institution of marriage”.
Extremists inspired by the Middle East terror group calling itself Islamic State may have sneaked into Hong Kong or are already lurking in the city, putting anti-terrorist police on alert to prevent lone wolf-style attacks. Police on Wednesday said the danger was real, but the city’s terrorism threat level remained moderate as there was no specific intelligence indicating an imminent attack or Hong Kong being targeted. So really, what's the point in saying anything?
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