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From 'free' trade to 'fair' trade: the evolution of labour laws in colonial Hong Kong, 1958-62

Clayton, D. (2007) From 'free' trade to 'fair' trade: the evolution of labour laws in colonial Hong Kong, 1958-62. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 35 (2). pp. 263-282. ISSN 0308-6534

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Abstract

By the mid-1950s the Colonial Office was working closely with officials in a rapidly industrialising Hong Kong to improve employment conditions by extending statutory rights to factory workers. From 1958 it wanted to accelerate the pace of legislative change to respond to the demands of social and business lobby groups. The colonial administration in Hong Kong was reluctant to regulate industry more stringently but, as pressure from Britain intensified, it decided that it had to act. In 1959, it amended an existing ordinance regulating the factory hours worked by women and young persons, and in 1962 introduced a new one providing every factory worker with an entitlement to holiday and sick pay. Labour-law making within Hong Kong, however, required the government

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2009 09:42
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2009 09:42
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086530701337625
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/03086530701337625
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6734

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