Covid-19: Hong Kong to allow bosses to fire unvaxxed staff, quarantine orders will be proof of sick leave

Hong Kong lawmakers have passed a bill to allow employers to sack workers who refuse to receive a Covid-19 vaccination without a reasonable excuse, while employees who were ordered to undergo quarantine can now enjoy sick leave. Coronavirus vaccination in Hong Kong. Photo: GovHK. Members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) approved changes to the Employment … Read more

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific seeks to rehire airline staff sacked amid Covid-19

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific has asked employees sacked during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic to re-join the airline, saying it was the “right time to begin rebuilding” the team as flights resume gradually after the fifth wave of infections ebbed. A Cathay Pacific aircraft. File photo: GovHK. In an internal email … Read more

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, … Read more

Closures of low-cost nurseries ‘will drive staff from NHS’

Protesting South London health workers warned today (19 April) that they could be forced out iof the NHS if two affordable workplace nurseries are closed without alternatives. The Cedar House Nursery, used by staff at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and the King’s College Hospital Day Nursery, are due to close next … Read more

Covid-19: Citing safety concerns, US orders all non-essential staff at Shanghai consulate to leave

The United States said Tuesday it had ordered all non-essential employees at its Shanghai consulate to leave, voicing concerns for the safety of Americans in China as the government enforces hard lockdowns to contain Covid-19. China has stuck to a policy of “zero Covid”, aiming to eliminate all infections through rigid shutdowns, mass testing and … Read more

US warns of ‘arbitrary’ Covid restrictions in China, as some staff of Shanghai consulate allowed to leave

The United States on Saturday warned of “arbitrary” Covid-19 measures in China and said it would let some staff leave its Shanghai consulate amid a surge of infections in the locked-down megacity. Until March, China had kept cases low with snap lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions, but more than 100,000 cases have been reported … Read more