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 Employees’ General Association of Macau.
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.
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 Employees’ General 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.”