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‘Let’s give domestic workers one day off a week’ | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

‘Let’s give domestic workers one day off a week’ | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

Domestic helpers on their off days. (AFP) Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports Halimah Yacob said the government would support giving domestic helpers one day off every week but that Singapore was not ready to sign an international convention granting the workers greater protection. Speaking at a community sports festival at Singapore Polytechnic on Sunday, Yacob said that domestic helpers should not be made to work excessive hours as that would affect their health and well-being. In a news report by The Straits Times , Yacob said the government should consider passing a bill to allow domestic workers to take one day off a week, adding: "If a rest day a week is not possible, then these workers should at least be compensated in cash." For employers who may be concerned about coping without a domestic helper for a day, she advised that they pick a da...

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