Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor speaks at a reception in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China held by the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, Sept 22, 2019. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR)
HONG KONG – The government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will make every effort to stop violence and chaos, maintain social order and protect the workers, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said Sunday.
"The continued violence has a great impact on the work and life of workers," she said at a reception hosted by the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
She noted that the HKSAR government was concerned with the rights of workers, saying that it implemented measures to increase statutory paternity leave, improve the treatment and ensure the rights of non-skilled staff under government service contracts, and raise the minimum wage.
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"We will continue to implement the abolition of the Mandatory Provident Fund hedging arrangement, and prepare for extending the statutory maternity leave," she said.
In her address, Lam also expressed her congratulations for the People's Republic of China ahead of its 70th birthday.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, front row fourth left; Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR Chen Dong, front row fourth right; President of the HKFTU Ng Chau-pei, front row third left; Chairman of the HKFTU Wong Kwok, front row third right; and other guests propose a toast during a reception in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China held by the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, Sept 22, 2019. (PHOTO / INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HKSAR)
"Over the past 70 years, the country has made major achievements thanks to the unity of the Chinese people in overcoming difficulties," she said.
"China's achievements have attracted worldwide attention and played an extremely important role on global stage."
"As long as we unite together and work hard, I believe that with the support of the central government, Hong Kong will usher in a better future," she said.
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