Telecom & Wireless

Employees Protest Against PCCW's Salary Reductions

Three trade unions in Hong Kong have called on 1500 employees at PCCW to protest against the company's job cuts and salary reductions and request the Hong Kong SAR government's intervention in the company's irresponsible behaviors.

According to local Hong Kong media, the trade unions joining the proposed parade reportedly included PCCW Employees General Union, Hong Kong Telecommunications Industry Employees General Union and Hong Kong Communication Industry Association.

Cui Shichang, deputy director of the Trade Union's Rights Commission, said that they had sent letter to Alexander Anthony Arena, managing director of PCCW, for a negotiation scheduled before February 25, 2009. Meanwhile, Cui called on employees not to take any extreme actions, for which may be used as an excuse for the company not to agree to the negotiation. Cui said that if the management of the company did not reply by Wednesday, February 25, they would consider taking further actions.

PCCW, the largest integrated communications company in Hong Kong, will reportedly terminate contracts with about 600 staff next month.

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