22 Jun '11, 12am

Our reader asks: Do maids really need a day off? Do they not rest in the course of their work every day?

IT IS true that maids should not be treated differently from other workers, and they need rest ('Consider law to give maids a day off every week: Halimah'; Monday). But do they really need one weekly day off for that? Do they not rest in the course of their work every day? My current maid has a day off once a month. Every time she comes back from her outings, she appears even more tired and listless, and needs to recuperate from her outing. When she is not around, both my husband and I, who are teachers, have to juggle with the care of our toddlers (two and three years old), besides catching up with whatever work we have not completed in the week. Singaporeans work very long hours too and while we do not work officially on weekends, many of us catch up with work on weekday evenings and weekends. My maid has more than enough time to rest daily, when the kids are napping or ...

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Comments

  1. 22 Jun '11, 2am

    the mom law is to give a maid atleast 8 hours rest continously,your maid sleep at 9 but what time is she going to wake up? all the workers here having 1 day off a week,and a maid is a worker too but y cant they have 1 day off a week?

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