Cleaner says thanks, but passes on new job

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 May, 2008, 12:00am

A toilet cleaner yesterday thanked Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying for helping her find a new job - even though she could not take it.

'I really appreciate his effort,' Ah Ying said. 'He helped me find another job, but I turned it down as my back is in a very bad condition after years of toil.'

Ah Ying works for a Food and Environmental Hygiene Department contractor. Her hourly wage was cut from HK$23.50 to HK$20 when her job title was changed to 'washroom attendant' in 2005. She has earned HK$21 since getting a HK$1 pay rise after completing a two-year contract.

Mr Leung and Ah Ying first met last month when she told a forum about how cleaners were exploited.

Mr Leung, who was one of the guest speakers, vowed to help her and found her another cleaning job.

'Right now, I work six hours a day. The company pays me HK$21 an hour which means I get about HK$3,200 a month,' she said. 'The company understands that I was only telling the truth, and could not help me as it only works under a government contract.'

Last night, Mr Leung said: 'I am still looking into the circumstances and will continue following up the case.'