08 Mar '11, 2am

"I do not understand why employers must bear responsibility for the folly of maids." Read this forum letter at

I DO not understand why employers must bear responsibility for the folly of maids ('Stop them from running away for trivial reasons' by Mrs Padmini Kesavapany, and 'Hiking maids' pay unfair, misleading' by Ms Alice Cheah; both Feb 24). If maids run away because of homesickness, loss of interest in work or their heavy workload, employers have to go through the frustrating process of hiring another maid and risk losing the security bond. What is worse is employers have to pay for their workers' airfare home, even if they had worked for only a day. If the maids were to get pregnant and have to be repatriated, their employers must also bear the costs. I am sure many employers share the sentiment that maid agencies do not really care about their welfare and that their duty to them ends when they have secured them maids. Maids can ask for transfers and employers are made to pay ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_642539...

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