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Unionists call for collective bargaining and 5 percent pay rises Listen
The Confederation of Trade Unions says employers should offer a 5 percent pay rise to their staff in the new year, despite Hong Kong's first recession in a decade. The unionists say many of the territory's biggest firms remain vastly profitable and can afford generous pay rises, even though they may have suffered during the last six months of unrest. The CTU also warned that if companies sack workers or freeze their pay, local consumption will further decline, and the economy may enter a vicious cycle. Jim Gould asked Carol Ng, the chairwoman of the CTU, how they arrived at a figure of 5 percent.
Wrong to pin blame on teachers for social unrest: Ip Kin-yuen Listen
A Legco panel has passed a non-binding motion calling on the Education Bureau to take stern action against teachers who incite hatred or encourage pupils to join illegal rallies. The motion was proposed by DAB lawmakers Elizabeth Quat and Horace Cheung, Quat said the motion only targets teachers who openly break the law. She said there is concrete evidence of some teachers taking pupils to illegal gatherings, or writing derogatory comments about the police online. Annemarie Evans spoke to education sector and pan-democratic lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen, and asked him what he thought about the motion.
‘Shooting by Indian police of four rape suspects raises disturbing questions’ Listen
Four men who were accused of the rape and murder of a woman in a case that caused outrage across India, have been shot dead by police. Her father expressed thanks for what he called "speedy justice", although police said they killed the suspects in Hyderabad after they had tried to seize the officers' weapons and flee. The men had been taken to the crime scene for a reconstruction. All four were being held on suspicion of gang-raping the woman before burning her body. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's correspondent in New Delhi, Murali Krishnan what he thought was behind the police's decision to shoot.