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CHONGQING, Jan. 23, 2015 -- A farmer hangs raw mustard roots used as pickle materials on racks to dehydrate in Fuling District of southwest China's Chongqing. In Fuling, a major pickle-producing area in China, farmers have begun harvesting mustard roots which were grown extensively to make the Zha Cai, a well-received pickle variety. The harvested mustard roots are hung on drying racks to dehydrate in the air: a technique believed to best preserve the crispness and aroma of the finished pickle products. (Xinhua/Liu Chan)

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26 January 2015 04:15 (GMT +8)
Several hundred Macau civil servants stage pay protest Print E-mail
Macau, China,  08 Jun – Several hundred low-ranking civil servants in Macau protested Saturday  against unequal pay rises for senior versus junior government employees.

The Macau Civil Servants Association, headed by legislator Jose Pereira  Coutinho, lead the  march to government headquarters in the afternoon.

José Pereira  Coutinho said it was unfair that salary increases being proposed for civil servants would favour  around one thousand senior officials.

Macau's legislature is reviewing a bill that gives pay rises to government workers of different ranks, with senior employees, such as bureau heads, expected to get a raise of 8 to 12 per cent.

Pereira Coutinho said junior civil servants would get much less or even no pay increases under the bill.

"Differential treatment will hurt morale in the civil service and divide junior civil servants against senior ones" he said.

Nurses are set to receive salary increases of between 3 and 43 per cent, or more than 20 per cent on average.

The legislature will soon consider a bill to increase teachers' salaries.

Police officers, whose pay rose about 30 per cent in 2007, are also asking for greater benefits.

Macau government employes  around 20,000 civil servants.

The government's revenue from direct taxes on gaming was 12.3 billion patacas ( US$ 1.5 billion) in the first four months of the year, down 11 per cent year on year.

Despite the recent fall, direct gaming-tax revenue has increased in recent years, doubling to 39.56 billion patacas ( US$ 4.9 billion) last year  from 19.79 billion  (US$ 2.4 billion)  in 2006.


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