Author/ Ah Yeah
The issue of legislation on minimum wage has drawn people's attention after a series of activities organized by the Civil Alliance for Minimum Wage. The alliance launched a 30-hours hunger strike in Causeway Bay last week. On Sunday, University Student's Grassroots Concern Group went to Sun Hung Kai Centre to protest against the contractor of cleaning services who exploited janitors. The alliance held a forum on Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mongkok on Sunday afternoon (September 17). Speakers from different sectors discussed the problem of legislation on minimum wage.
In response to oiwan's letter, I would like to make some remarks on the situation of Chinese rural migrant workers. The China government recently collaborated with international NGO, including ILO, to produce a TV drama series about the success story of rural migrant labor in Sichuan province. During my field study of the Chinese rural migrants, I met a lot of small business owners. Many see it as the only way out of the difficult situations as a cheap labor in the "World Factory". I haven't watched that TV drama series but I doubt if it is necessary for the government and NGOs to encourage the migrants to run small business.