workers' rights

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 January, 2011, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 The new law set by the Philippine government on domestic helpers working abroad says that:

a. All first-time domestic helpers need to pay a US$144 insurance fee to the Philippine government.

b. Employment agencies should pay the insurance fee for all domestic helpers starting from this year.

c. All first-time domestic helpers should pay their medical coverage of HK$1,350 in order to work in Hong Kong.

d. Employment agencies or employers of first-time domestic helpers should pay for the new insurance fee.

2 Many employment agencies in the Philippines charge domestic helpers despite the fact that it is illegal because:

a. They lack resources to run their businesses.

b. They are not afraid of their government.

c. They know domestic helpers want the job badly and would not refuse to pay.

d. They are ignorant about the law.

3 Holly Allan suggested that domestic helpers who paid the insurance or placement fees by themselves should:

a. take it to the court of Hong Kong.

b. take it to the courts back home.

c. keep it to themselves if they want to continue working in Hong Kong.

d. keep the receipts and seek reimbursement from their government.

4 Michael Vidler and some human rights lawyers think that:

a. Any lawful person should be granted the right of abode after living in Hong Kong for seven years continuously.

b. Concerns about a sudden rise of abode cases as a consequence of Vallejo's case are invalid and ridiculous.

c. Because of their difference in nationality, non-Chinese people should not be allowed permanent residence in Hong Kong.

d. Domestic helpers should be proficient in the Chinese language in order to be qualified for residency here.

Think about

1 Do you think domestic helpers should be granted the right of abode after living here continuously for seven years? Why?

2 What would be the advantages and disadvantages of allowing domestic helpers to become permanent residents?

3 Do you think Hong Kong people discriminate against domestic helpers? In what ways? Do you see them as part of society?


1 To ___________________ people ______________________ attending the Nobel Prize ceremony for winner Liu Xiaobo, the central government prevented his wife and some human rights lawyers from leaving the country.

2 _________________ ________ the needs of poor children in Hong Kong, volunteers donate unused books, toys and other materials to charity organisations every year.

3 Some social workers think that adults often forget the rights of children and ____________________________ their views when making important decisions that concern them.


Reading comprehension: 1. d, 2. c, 3. d, 4. a

Vocabulary: 1. deter ... from, 2. Catering to, 3. exclude