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MWC invites public views on enhancing Statutory Minimum Wage review mechanism
The following is issued on behalf of the Minimum Wage Commission:

     The Minimum Wage Commission (MWC) today (March 28) launched a four-week first-stage consultation to invite views from the public on enhancing the review mechanism of the Statutory Minimum Wage (the review mechanism).

     The Chief Executive (CE) announced in his 2022 Policy Address that the MWC would be invited to study how to enhance the review mechanism, including the review cycle, how to improve efficiency, balancing a host of factors such as the minimum wage level and sustained economic development, to make proposals to the Government. The MWC is pressing ahead with the study and would like to listen to views from the public on enhancing the review mechanism.

     The consultation document can be downloaded from the MWC's website (www.mwc.org.hk/en/consultation/index.html). The public is welcome to give views by e-form on the MWC's website, email (mwc@labour.gov.hk), fax (2110 3518) or post (Minimum Wage Commission, 1/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central), on or before April 24.

     On completion of the first-stage consultation, the MWC will analyse and collate the views received towards conducting the second-stage consultation. The MWC will announce the relevant arrangements in due course.

     Pursuant to the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) (Cap. 608), the MWC's main function is, when required by the CE to do so, to make recommendation on the Statutory Minimum Wage rate to the CE in Council. The CE has exercised the power conferred by the MWO and tasked the MWC to conduct the study on how to enhance the review mechanism and submit a report on the study to the CE by end-October 2023. In performing its functions, the MWC needs to maintain an appropriate balance between the objectives of forestalling excessively low wages and minimising the loss of low-paid jobs, and give due regard to sustaining Hong Kong's economic growth and competitiveness.
Ends/Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Issued at HKT 10:00
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