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HK banking employees feel 'helpless'
Staff Reporter
update on Friday, October 1, 2010
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One in three banking professionals in Hong Kong work at least 10 extra hours a week, while more than 43 per cent feel "anguished and helpless" about going to work, Apple Daily reports. According to a survey of 300 members of the Hong Kong Banking Employees Association, more than 80 per cent of respondents say they do not get compensated for overtime, while 34 per cent work at least 11 hours a day. Fifty-six per cent say that pressure from work is "extremely heavy", while 12.9 per cent constantly feel anxious.


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