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No more window cleaning: domestic workers to march in Hong Kong after helpers die in falls from high-rises

Posted by jaypee 20 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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Domestic workers in Hong Kong will take to the streets on Sunday to call for a ban on cleaning windows, following several deaths of helpers who fell from high-rise buildings. They are also demanding a pay rise, a limit on their working hours and a clear definition of “suitable accommodation”.


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Do more to crack down on job-hopping foreign domestic workers, Hong Kong audit watchdog tells Immigration Department

Posted by jaypee 158 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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The Immigration Department needs to step up its efforts on cracking down on suspected job-hopping foreign domestic workers and issue guidelines for the immigration officers so they know how to process these cases, the Audit Commission said.


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Govt faces flak for seeking new foreign workers for big projects

Posted by jaypee 199 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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A labor union leader has lashed out at the government’s plan to import more foreign workers for ongoing construction projects, saying the move is unnecessary.


Project delays have stemmed from lack of proper planning by authorities, and not due to worker shortage, Chan Pat-kan, chairman of the Construction Site Workers General Union, said Wednesday.

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‘Pay Hong Kong domestic helpers more’: worker doing housework for 10 employees a month still total only $8,000

Posted by jaypee 265 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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About 70 per cent of local domestic helpers earn no more than HK$6,240 a month, less than half the median monthly wage, a survey shows.

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Hong Kong's domestic helpers 'never part of discussion' on working hours agreement

Posted by jaypee 314 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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Foreign domestic helpers fear they may be left out in Hong Kong's first law on working hours as a government adviser tasked with studying its enactment admit they have never talked about including maids throughout more than 2-1/2 years of discussion.

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Domestic workers rally in Hong Kong for pay increase of HKD390 a month

Posted by jaypee 377 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong rallied again yesterday, calling for the increase of their wages from HKD4,110 to HKD4,500 a month.

Organised by the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB), women from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Sri Lanka marched from Chater Garden in Central to the Labour Department in Sheung Wan.

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Domestic workers march on Hong Kong Labour Department to demand HKD390 monthly pay rise

Posted by jaypee 415 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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"A HKD4,500 wage hike for foreign domestic workers can no longer be deferred, especially as we asked for this a year ago. But the Hong Kong government refuses to listen to our collective demand.”

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Hong Kong urged to set up working group to tackle abuse faced by domestic helpers

Posted by jaypee 421 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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Hong Kong should set up an inter-governmental working group with the administrations of countries that export domestic helpers to tackle problems the workers face here, a pan-democratic heavyweight says.

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