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July
LCSD met lifeguard union on pay and manpower demands
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The Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Alan Siu Yu-bun, today (July 20) met representatives of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union and appealed to them to avoid affecting service to the public in pursuing its pay and manpower demands for the lifeguards of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

At the meeting, Mr Siu explained to the union representatives again the principles, rationale and information regarding the existing lifeguard establishment and the union was welcome to make detailed proposals to the department.

"Colleagues could suggest where, why and by how much should manpower adjustments be made, and management would consider them on the common ground of ensuring swimmers' safety," Mr Siu said.

He suggested that management and lifeguard representatives could go together on fact-finding trips to see how lifeguard manpower was deployed at overseas aquatic venues.

Regarding the salary of temporary contract lifeguards, Mr Siu pledged that if they felt the present salary did not fully reflect their job responsibilities, the LCSD would start to conduct a review quickly with a view to determining a new salary for next year's recruitment of temporary lifeguards.

"In the course of this review, we will take into account the raising of lifeguards' qualification requirements last year and the working conditions of lifeguards in public swimming pools and beaches," he added.

Mr Siu called on the union to respect the employment contracts already signed, which lasted up to the end of the swimming season this year, and accept that the stated salary should not be adjusted.

He also urged the union to act as a bridge between management and staff and convey management's explanations and proposals to the lifeguards so that both sides could continue to work together towards resolving the situation for the common goal of serving the public and upkeeping swimmers' safety.

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