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Hong Kong: Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU)

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU)

by IDWFED published Sep 17, 2014 05:40 PM
FADWU is a union federation composed of local and migrant domestic workers unions in Hong Kong of different nationalities.
Street Address c/o HKCTU, 19/F, 557-559 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Phone Number +852 2770 8668
Fax Number +852 2770 7388
Email [email protected]
Type Trade Union
Number of Male Members
Number of Female Members 1,497
Members Pay Fees Check if members pay fees
Maintains Register of Fees Paid Maintains register of fees paid
Year Established 2010


  • To unite all domestic workers' unions and domestic workers in Hong Kong;
  • To secure complete organization in the Federation of all component registered trade unions;
  • To fight for and maintain a fair and reasonable employment terms  and other working conditions. To strive for maintaining component trade unions’ and their members’ rights and benefits.


Hong Kong has 400,000 domestic workers. The majority, 335,500 (April 2015) are migrant domestic workers, with 52% from the Philippines, 45% from Indonesia and the rests from Thailand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Bangladesh etc. The other domestic workers are mainly local Chinese doing part-time work with multiple employers or post-natal carers working on a one-month base contract. 

With the support and coordination effort of Asian Migrants Centre (AMC), Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), domestic workers unions started the discussion in 2009 to further unite together by forming a union federation. In September 2010, the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU) was founded. 

Currently, FADWU's affiliates include:

Hong Kong Domestic Workers General Union Thai Migrant Workers Union in Hong Kong (TMWU) Union of Nepalese Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (UNDW)
ODWU logo PLUDW HK logo
Overseas Domestic Workers Union - Hong Kong Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

FADWU is also an affiliate of HKCTU. It has currently two leaders being elected as an executive committee member of HKCTU.

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