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Government to implement waste charging from 2016 at earliest
Next year, the Environment Bureau will open the second stage of consultation over a proposed waste charging system in order to determine the fee level and implementation method. The bureau projects that the charging system will take effect in 2016 at the earliest. Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment, hopes that the charging system will encourage society to reduce waste production at the source. Wong said that, when formulating the scheme, the government would take into account affordability. He also said that the government did not yet have a specific rate in mind and that it would pay attention to the needs of underprivileged citizens.
Protesters hijack Leung’s town hall meeting
Yesterday, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, together with several government secretaries, held the first consultation forum to gauge public views on the 2013 Policy Address and 2013-14 Budget. The meeting attracted critics of Leung’s handling of his illegal structures controversy as well as over 100 City Telecom employees. The employees asked Leung when the government would approve new free-to-air TV licenses and said there was government-business collusion in the matter. Leung refused to confirm when the government would issue new licenses and criticized the protesters for making unsubstantiated allegations of collusion.
Cathay Pacific cabin crew may go on a Christmas strike
Yesterday, members of Cathay Pacific’s cabin crew held a protest at the airport over the airline’s decision to raise salaries by 2 percent and reduce out-port subsidies by 15 percent. They likened the plan to give out HK$100 per month to a handout. The union threatened to go on a Christmas strike over the matter if management did not reopen negotiations by 3pm today. Top Cathay Pacific managers responded firmly, saying that they had given much thought to the appropriate salary rise. They did not indicate whether or not they would reopen negotiations.