From minimum wage to standard work hour: HKSAR labour politics in regime change

Ka Ki Lawrence HO, Ming K. CHAN

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Abstract

This paper aims to highlight the significance of labour issues – namely, the minimum wage (MW) and standard working hours (SWH) – in shaping candidates’ electoral platforms in the 2012 chief executive (CE) election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) under the sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). We first offer a brief review of labour politics regarding the MW case as a precursor to the SWH drafting and enactment process. We then provide an analytical delineation of some of the labour and socio-economic dimensions of the CE electoral contest by comparing the candidates’ campaign planks in relation to SWH. We then attempt to predict the likely course of the SWH debate under the leadership of Leung Chun-ying, who eventually won the CE election and assumed power on 1 July 2012. We conclude by examining Leung’s social engineering attempts to increase popular support amongst low- and middle-income (LMI) households as part of his long-term strategy for the 2017 CE elections and his broader Beijing-entrusted political agenda. Copyright © 2013 GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Institute of Asian Studies in cooperation with the National Institute of Chinese Studies, White Rose East Asia Centre.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-86
JournalJournal of Current Chinese Affairs
Volume42
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Citation

Ho, L. K. K., & Chan, M. K. (2013). From minimum wage to standard work hour: HKSAR labour politics in regime change. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 42(3), 55-86.

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Minimum wage
  • Standard working hours
  • Chief executive
  • Labour politics

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