Over the years, Hong Kong workers have been fighting for an increase in the minimum wage to financially sustain their high daily expenditure given Hong Kong’s high cost of living. Workers are pushing for an increase from HK$32.5 (established in May 2015) to HK$36 – $41 per hour (approx. £3.79 - £4.32). However, employers have expressed opposition to anything more than a HK$0.5 (£0.05) rise, which subsequently raised a dispute between both parties.
Recently, the Minimum Wage Commission made a decision to raise the minimum wage by HK$2 (£0.21) to HK$34.5 (£3.63) beginning from May 2017. It is expected to affect about 154,500 semi-autonomous workers who currently earn below HK$34.5.