22 Jun '11, 9am

If you want a break, she should get one too: Kirsten Han/ The following is a letter written to the Straits Times...

While I can understand your outrage at Madam Low’s letter, I do want to point out that maids occupy an unusual position as employees in that they live in a person’s house which might explain why employers want more control over what they do (including personal relationships since there is the concern that they will bring dates home). Also the point about moonlighting is a poor one since many full-time employment contracts will disallow moonlighting too. And of course there are concerns that even if the law is passed, abusive employers will simply make their maids work harder and longer the other 6 days a week- like what happened to most workers when we switched to a five-day work week some time back. The spirit of the law is well-intentioned but I see a myriad of problems in the actual implementation.

Full article: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/06/if-you-want-a-break-s...

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