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Hong Kong: Domestic Workers' May Day Statement

Hong Kong: Domestic Workers' May Day Statement

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by IDWFED published May 01, 2013 12:00 AM
Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers' Unions (FADWU), as one of the important labour force in Hong Kong, joins May Day Rally today and hopes to convey a message that, no matter migrant workers and local workers, should be treated with justice and equal rights.

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HONG KONG -

"NO DISCRIMINATION!! EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!!"
MAY DAY STATEMENT

Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers' Unions (FADWU), as one of the important labour force in Hong Kong, joins May Day Rally today and hopes to convey a message that, no matter migrant workers and local workers, should be treated with justice and equal rights.

Being a domestic worker in Hong Kong, no matter local or migrant, does not entitle to retirement protection. Furthermore, due to the strict definition of occupational disease, local domestic workers, who works for several employers at the same time, basically not eligible to claim any compensation after being strained.

Excessive agency fees have been a long standing problem for migrant domestic workers but Hong Kong government does nothing to curb the severe violations. Comparing the existing monthly salary with 1998, there is only $60 increase. The above situation reveals clearly that domestic worker's dignity and rights being neglected.

As domestic workes, FADWU members all wear apron today and we stage our five demands on the shields to symbolize we want protection of rights. FADWU also requests the exploitative situation of domestic workers to be improved immediately. We also show a picture of Chief Executive CY Leung, who opens only one eye reflecting that he knows the difficult situation of domestic workers but allow it to happen and worse more, he turns deaf ears to migrant domestic workers' voice for improvement.

FADWU demands the followings on May Day:
1) Stop excessive agency fees;
2) Pension scheme for all;
3) Better occupational safety protection;
4) Pay Rise Now;
5) Ratify C189(Convention for Decent work of Domestic Workers)

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Source: IDWN

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