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Civil servants oppose bid to exclude police pay rise

2019-12-12 HKT 12:56
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  • Some civil servant associations say pay rises for police officers should not be considered separately. File Photo: RTHK
    Some civil servant associations say pay rises for police officers should not be considered separately. File Photo: RTHK
Lee Fong-chung speaks to Joanne Wong
A number of civil servant associations have opposed a proposal by pan-democrat lawmakers to exclude the police from the government’s funding request for pay rises for the city's civil servants.

They wrote to Legco’s Finance Committee before councillors met to scrutinise the funding request on Friday.

The pan-democrat lawmakers said the public's discontent with the force relating to the protests over the past six months means there must be a separate discussion on salary increases for officers.

But the chairman of Government Employees Association, Ma Chi-shing, urged the lawmakers not to “politicise” the issue, saying police officers are part of the civil service.

The chairman of Hong Kong Senior Government Officers Association, Lee Fong-chung, told RTHK's Joanne Wong the pay adjustment package follows a long-standing mechanism that doesn't consider individual performances.

“The existing pay trend survey…we’re using the data collected from all companies in Hong Kong. We consider all civil servants should be included in this survey. If this time we separate out the police force’s pay adjustments, the result of the pay trend survey may be distorted,” he said.

Back in June, the Chief Executive-in-Council decided to give senior civil servants pay rises of 4.75 percent, and increases of 5.26 percent for those in the lower and middle salary bands, with these adjustments also applying to police officers.

But with Legco closing early for the summer recess due to the serious vandalism caused when the building was stormed by protesters on July 1, lawmakers did not have time to discuss the adjustment and it remains on the agenda for the finance committee.