FTU members meet Carrie Lam on labour issues

Members of the pro-government Federation of Trade Unions discussed labour and livelihood issues with Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam on Monday. Photo: RTHK

Members of the pro-government Federation of Trade Unions discussed labour and livelihood issues with Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam on Monday. Photo: RTHK

The pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) said on Monday that it is confident Carrie Lam will abolish the MPF offsetting mechanism during her term as Chief Executive.

FTU legislator Alice Mak made the remark after she and other representatives from the federation held talks with the CE-elect.

The FTU has long called on the government to scrap the controversial mechanism which allows employers to use their contributions to the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme to cover severance and long-service payments for workers.

Mak said Lam responded positively on the whole to their other demands on labour issues, such as standard working hours, and paternity and maternity leave.

She said they did not discuss political reform due to a lack of time.

“We have limited time, but we do have a lot of labour issues and livelihood issues to talk about. So we have not the time to talk about political reform,” said Mak. “In fact, this will be a very complicated topic, and we think that we can have other discussion in the future.”

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