20 Jul '11, 11am

Call for better working conditions for maids in HK

HONG KONG: Working conditions and laws for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong are considered more liberal than others in the region. Last month, China pledged its support to a UN global treaty to protect maids worldwide. If ratified, it's hoped that working conditions for foreign maids will improve even more in Hong Kong. Every Sunday, a section of Central Hong Kong is closed off to traffic, and foreign domestic maids get to claim it as their own. In this region, a mandatory rest day per week is recognised only here in the territory. And while working conditions may be better regulated here, many still fall prey to exploitation. Filipino helper Ruby's story isn't new. Coming off from a two-year stint in Dubai, and promised better money in Hong Kong, she arrived in May. But two months down the road, she's still yet to start work, and now the maid agency that brought her ...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/eastasia/view/1142...

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