21 Jun '11, 5am

One rest day a week for maids may be inevitable

One rest day a week for maids may be inevitable

Giving maids a rest day every week may be inevitable if Singapore wants to attract them to work here, said maid agencies. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM GIVING maids a rest day every week may be inevitable if Singapore wants to attract them to work here, said maid agencies. Already, they noted that more maids are asking for rest days, and many are leaving to work in other countries with such benefits. The eight maid agencies were responding to comments two days ago by Madam Halimah Yacob, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, on how Singapore should consider legislation making employers give their domestic helpers a rest day every week. Her suggestion came after member states of the United Nations labour agency adopted last week a treaty that offers domestic workers a full day of rest every week, among other things. The document was backed by countries s...

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