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Businesses, unions at odds over MPF cap increase  Listenfacebook
Business groups are warning that plans to lift the cap on MPF contributions could hit local firms hard, while labour unions are welcoming the move. RTHK has learned that the MPF Authority intends to progressively increase the maximum contribution for both employers and employees to HK$2,400 dollars a month within two years – up HK$900 from the current maximum. But more lower-paid workers will be exempted from making any payments at all – as the threshold for making mandatory contributions will go up from HK$7,100 to HK$8,250. The changes are a result of a regular review. Annemarie Evans asked veteran unionist Lee Cheuk-yan from the Labour Party if he thinks the changes will make a real difference:
Effectiveness of planned glass bottle levy questioned  Listenfacebook
A green group is questioning whether a planned glass bottle levy due to come into force next year will be enough meet the government's target of getting manufacturers to reduce glass waste by 80 percent. Lawmakers are still bickering over how exactly the levy will work, but the idea is to collect the fee from manufacturers when products are imported into Hong Kong, and then hire contractors to collect used glass bottles to recycle them. Ben Tse asked the executive director of Green Earth, Edwin Lau, if he thinks the proposed levy of one dollar per litre-sized bottle will be enough to help reduce glass waste:
South Korean liable for botched ferry rescue  Listenfacebook
A court in South Korea has ruled that the government is partly liable for the botched rescue of more than three hundred people, almost all teenagers, who drowned when their ferry, ‘Sewol’, sank in 2014. The court ordered the state to pay at least US$177,000 in compensation to the next of kin of each victim. Annemarie Evans asked our correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, how the court came to its finding that the government's partly at fault: