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Pay rises and vocational training are not on the menu for Macao’s restaurant workers

A new survey finds that many in the local food and beverage sector earn less than the average monthly wage.

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A new survey finds that many in the local food and beverage sector earn less than the average monthly wage.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:09 pm

More than half of Macao’s restaurant workers earn less than the territory’s monthly average income, according to a survey jointly conducted by the Macau Federation of Trade Unions and the Service Sector EmployeesGeneral Association of Macau.

The survey of 1,543 respondents was conducted between April and September of this year and its findings cited in local media.

More than 90 percent of respondents said they had not received any salary increases over the past one to four years, with over half adding that they worked long hours and felt “highly stressed” at work.

[See more: Macao’s labour laws leave workers in the lurch, survey finds]

Nearly 80 percent of respondents said they were not offered vocational training courses and 70 percent complained of a lack of opportunities for advancement.

Respondents also voiced “strong consensus” for a rise in Macao’s minimum wage, which currently stands at 6,656 patacas a month.

Kuong Chi Fong, director of the Service Sector EmployeesGeneral Association, told media that the government should “limit overtime, guarantee the right to breaks, determine reasonable working hours and review the number of vacation days.”

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:09 pm

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