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    Mickey's unhappy over `stingy' pay at Disney , Standard News HK, 2006/4/10

    Mickey Mouse and friends are not happy - at least the staff who wear the cartoon characters' costumes in Hong Kong's Disneyland are not.

    Monday, April 10, 2006

    Mickey Mouse and friends are not happy - at least the staff who wear the cartoon characters' costumes in Hong Kong's Disneyland are not.
    The city's troubled Disney theme park was stung by yet more complaints Sunday when a staff union accused management of setting unfair pay scales and overworking crew.
    The Hong Kong Disneyland Cast Members Union said the resort, which is majority owned by the SAR government, was also being stingy on contracts and holiday entitlements.
    The union said staff employed to dress as Mickey and other famous characters and perform in the park's stage shows were paid up to 22 percent more than those who donned the same costumes in other parts of the park.
    "Although character performers in the parade section and meet-and-greet ... have similar roles and qualifications as those of the show cast, their salaries differ unreasonably," the union said in a statement.
    It said regular staff received HK$9,000 a month, while show cast were paid HK$11,000.
    It also said the company had begun hiring staff on short-term contracts to avoid paying health and other benefits.
    Staff were working more than the 45 hours per week stipulated in their job descriptions and had been told they must multitask in other parts of the park.
    "Many character performers have severe occupational injuries due to long working hours, insufficient break times, heavy and suffocating costumes and so forth," the statement said. Disney management was unavailable for comment.
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    Re: Mickey's unhappy over `stingy' pay at Disney , Standard News HK, 2006/4/10

    Quote Originally Posted by HongKongDisneyland
    ehh... the union is always going to complain about working conditions and pay. Thats there job.

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    Re: Mickey's unhappy over `stingy' pay at Disney , Standard News HK, 2006/4/10

    "The city's troubled Disney theme park"

    Are things really that bad, or are HK media just eager to see it fail?

    Anyway, getting someone who can dance and perform entirely in pantomime is probably going to be paid more than someone who waves and shakes hands all day. Although one could argue that the person who is performing has a shorter shift.

    It doesn't matter though because chances are it won't go anywhere. We're talking about fighting City Hall here, after all.

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    Re: Mickey's unhappy over `stingy' pay at Disney , Standard News HK, 2006/4/10

    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMania
    Are things really that bad, or are HK media just eager to see it fail?
    There's no news like bad news. The Hong Kong politicians seem like American ones, when they need something to promtoe themselves with the choose something to attack. The Hong Kong press is like the real press, slow day? Find someone who is bitching about something and turn it into "news". I think the Media wants to see it fail, or see it struggle so they have big stories and the politicians like to use any bit of struggle to help themselves.

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    Re: Mickey's unhappy over `stingy' pay at Disney , Standard News HK, 2006/4/10

    do they want every cast member to be paid the same amount who work out onstage in the parks?

    different jobs have different pay.
    here in the USA, different entertainment cast members get paid different amounts per hour. it differs from each role-parade, atmosphere characters, face characters (which get paid considerably more than the first two roles mentioned), and so forth.

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