20 Jun '11, 12am

Singapore should consider a law that makes employers give their maids a day off every week: Halimah Yacob

Singapore should consider a law that makes employers give their maids a day off every week: Halimah Yacob

Singapore should consider legislation that makes employers give their domestic helpers a rest day every week, Madam Halimah Yacob said. -- ST PHOTO: TERENCE TAN SINGAPORE should consider legislation that makes employers give their domestic helpers a rest day every week, said Madam Halimah Yacob, the Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports. Speaking on the sidelines of a community sports festival at Singapore Polytechnic, she said that giving maids a day off might help to minimise some issues such as stress and overwork that domestic workers are facing now. Just like other workers who enjoy a rest day, domestic workers, too, need to rest and should not be made to work excessive hours that could affect their health and well-being, she added. She was commenting on the new International Labour Organisation convention that was approved last week in Geneva ...

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