90% of Hong Kong bus staff saw income fall during Covid-19, survey shows, as unions call for pay rise

Two labor have groups called on bus companies to give staff a pay rise, adding that employees’ base salaries have been frozen for two years and they have had their hours slashed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Representatives from two groups representing bus company employees at a press conference on May 13, 2022. Photo: Chau Siu-chung, Facebook.

Representatives from the Hong Kong Franchised Bus Employees General Union and the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labor Unions’ (HKFLU) Transport Industry Committee held a press conference on Friday to announce the results of a survey completed by employees of Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) Company and Long Win Bus Company.

The questionnaire found that over 90 per cent of those surveyed – which included mostly bus drivers, as well as technicians and other support staff – saw a decrease in their monthly income compared to before Covid-19 hit more than two years ago.

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