Edited by Anna P. Y. Tsui and K.T. Lai
This well-written and comprehensive yet concise book on the field is aimed at enhancing the status and importance of human resources management profession in Hong Kong, by providing up-to-date knowledge and skills in the field. Beginning with basic concepts and definitions in this professional field, the book goes on to address different aspects of human resources management practices, such as sourcing and selection of suitable talent, motivation of workers, and training.
For those in the labour movement and mainly concerned about defense of workers’ rights, the most relevant chapters are in Part V: Managing Employee Relations. Here, there are chapters on employment laws and equal opportunity laws in Hong Kong; and a chapter by Apo Leong of AMRC, ‘Trade Unionism and Industrial Relations in Hong Kong.’ These chapters give precise and up-to-date information on these fields, with not only description of the laws themselves but how employment disputes are usually dealt with in Hong Kong. Useful comments comparing Hong Kong with other jurisdictions in respect of labour and related laws are included, as well as concrete case examples. In the chapter by Apo, consideration is given to the idea of some observers that the rise of human resources management could replace, or eliminate the necessity for, unions; and that unions’ prudent use of human resources management strategies could help them to get greater public support, compared to the fragmented political unionism that is starting to appear.
This book would also be useful to labour activists who would like to know clearly the techniques by which companies may try to allow or prevent mechanisms for employee protection or representation – particularly how they may do so within the framework of human rights management rather than ‘industrial relations’ which presumes confrontational dynamics between workers and management.
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