“Abolition of the salary cap for unemployment benefits”

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Unionists on Monday called on the government to allow people who earned more than HK$30,000 a month to apply for unemployment benefit.

To be eligible for the one-time grant of HK$10,000, one must have worked for at least one month from October to December last year, earning between HK$2,700 and HK$30,000 per month.


Speaking at a virtual press conference, some groups affiliated with the General Union of Office and Professional Workers said their members worked exceptionally hard when the pandemic situation was relatively stable last year to make up for the loss. income during previous epidemic waves.


Lee Yuet-man, chairman of the General Union of Leisure and Sports Professionals, said some coaches might have earned more than HK$30,000 during the specified period, but that did not mean they were well off.


“I know coaches who lived on their credit cards…when they had the chance to earn some money and pay off their debts, of course they worked hard,” he said.


Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung also called on officials to remove the salary cap and extend the application period for the temporary unemployment relief program – which ends on Tuesday – to benefit more people. .

The government said that as of April 6, 360,000 people had taken out unemployment benefit.

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