Written by: Lin Jian
2019-12-12 12:10Last updated: 2019-12-12 12:51
Under the storm of anti-revision regulations, police law enforcement has become one of the core of political controversy. Some members of the Democratic Party have asked the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council to consider the salary increase of civil servants and deal with it separately. The Government Personnel Association wrote to the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council yesterday (11th), stating that it opposed the independent adjustment of the remuneration adjustment of police officers. There was no such precedent in the past, and it was requested to expedite the review of the remuneration adjustment proposal for civil servants.
The Government Personnel Association requested that the bill for all civil servants, including police officers, be passed as soon as possible. (Profile picture)
Chairman of the Government Personnel Association, Ma Zhicheng, welcomed the Finance Committee's consideration of the civil service pay adjustment bill, but opposed the separation of police officers. The letter pointed out that the current civil service pay adjustment mechanism has been in use for many years and covers all civil servants. Police officers are members of the civil service team and do not agree to separate their pay increases for processing and voting. There is no precedent in the past.
Ma Zhicheng said that civil servants are also the working class, which is no different from ordinary wage earners: "We only want to get pay adjustments every year to cope with inflation and changes in living costs. We do not want civil service pay adjustments to be politicized, or even delayed or affected." If the public is dissatisfied with the performance of government departments or civil servants, they should reflect through existing channels and call on the Finance Committee to review and pass the bill as soon as possible.
The Government Personnel Association is a member of the Federation of Trade Unions. It has a pro-established political stance. It has publicly criticized democratic civil servants ’rally in early August for not being politically neutral. However, it has called for civil servants to participate in the“ Anti-Violence, Save Hong Kong ”rally organized by the Guardian Alliance.
In addition, Lin Rongsong, the chairman of the first standard salary grade civil servants council (the staff side), also wrote to the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chen Jianbo yesterday, and opposed the independent review of the salary adjustment of police officers. All civil servants have been effective for many years, and called on the Finance Committee to adopt the proposal for salary adjustment for all civil servants in 2019-20 as soon as possible.
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