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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Hong Kong's domestic helpers 'should be paid HK$4,500 a month'

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:12am by Phila Siu

    ... and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung rejected calls to lift the live-in rule for foreign domestic helpers. He insisted the requirement was a key condition that had been agreed upon by his bureau, ... not cheap labour, says maids' group Domestic helpers in the city are treated as "cheap labour" and should get a wage increase or pay parity with Hongkongers on the minimum wage, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588860/were-not-cheap-labour-says-maids-group
  2. Comment - Letters

    Labour Department will not tolerate abuse of foreign domestic helpers

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:45am by LETTERS

    ... committed to safeguarding the legal employment rights and benefits of all workers, including foreign domestic helpers, in Hong Kong. We attach great importance to protecting the well-being ... as commission on successful placement. The same rule applies to local workers and migrant workers, including foreign domestic helpers. The Labour Department does not tolerate any abuse or overcharging ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1577262/labour-department-will-not-tolerate-abuse-foreign-domestic-helpers
  3. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Hong Kong couple jailed for torturing Indonesian helper fail in appeal bid

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 03:41pm by CHRIS LAU

    ... Chris Lau chris.lau@scmp.com Couple convicted of torturing domestic helper will serve out their sentences, judges rule Appeals fail in helper abuse case A couple who were jailed for torturing their Indonesian domestic helper with bicycle chains and hot irons over two years lost their appeals yesterday against their convictions and sentencing. The High Court ruling means Tai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581136/hong-kong-couple-jailed-torturing-indonesian-helper-fail-appeal-bid
  4. Comment - Letters

    Decent employers are at risk from fickle foreign domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 07th 2014, 02:58am by LETTERS

    ... adviser to the HK Helpers Campaign, Mr Connelly is evidently in favour of domestic workers. There are many decent employers around, as there are errant foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong. ... with members of the Employers of Domestic Helpers Association, I expect he would discover there is a proportion of good employers who have felt aggrieved as a result of the actions of foreign helpers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1442173/decent-employers-are-risk-fickle-foreign-domestic-helpers
  5. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Domestic helpers forced to pay agencies '20 times legal rate'

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Helpers pay '20 times' legal rate to agencies Nearly half of foreign domestic helpers have paid their job agencies more than Hong Kong laws allow, ... to charge helpers 10 per cent of their first month's wages, amounting to HK$401. But 60 per cent of workers paid more, the study found, with about 15 per cent forking out more than HK$9,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466506/foreign-helpers-paid-agencies-more-20-times-legal-rate-study-shows
  6. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR RIGHTS

    Greater protection for foreign domestic helpers urged as first Myanmese workers arrive

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 11:46am

    ... protection for foreign helpers' Only four recruitment agencies for domestic helpers lost their licences last year despite a record total of complaints against them. The findings by the South China Morning Post prompted calls for a self-regulating industry body to be set up to help protect foreign domestic workers. The facts emerged as the first group of 19 Myanmese helpers arrived ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1434015/beef-protection-maids-groups-urge-hong-kong-government
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong can have zero tolerance for forced labour by domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... impression that forced labour is widespread. With more than 300,000 foreign domestic helpers in this city, serious cases investigated by police are relatively few and far between. Sadly, anecdotal evidence is more common. Human rights activists may be right to claim that more domestic helpers do not come forward because of fear of losing their jobs. That said, we give foreign domestic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1460446/hong-kong-can-have-zero-tolerance-forced-labour-domestic
  8. Comment - Letters

    Employers and foreign domestic helpers face hefty fees

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 02:46am by LETTERS

    ... Employers and their foreign domestic helpers face hefty fees I refer to Candy Tam's letter ("Realistic fees could combat exploitation of domestic helper", January 29). ... services rendered. For new recruits of foreign domestic helpers, the employer pays around HK$5,000 and, in addition, has to pay for medical tests in Hong Kong and insurance once the helper arrives. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1424858/employers-and-foreign-domestic-helpers-face-hefty-fees
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong government has a duty to respect the rights of domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 04:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Respecting the rights of maids After a record number of complaints against recruitment agencies for domestic helpers last year, let alone anecdotal evidence of overcharging ... reputation as a tourist destination. Oversight of the domestic helper recruitment industry is no less deserving of a serious shake-up along similar lines. For too long too many of them have got away ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1441346/hong-kong-government-has-duty-respect-rights-domestic
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's misguided laws failing to halt abuse of foreign domestic helpers

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 11:18am by MEREDITH MCBRIDE

    ... Meredith McBride Meredith McBride calls for changes to better safeguard their rights HK's misguided laws failing to halt abuse of domestic helpers Stomach-churning images ... migrant workers have limited options and rights. After leaving an employer for any reason, a domestic helper has 14 days to find alternative employment. To overstay this two-week provision ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1406060/hong-kongs-misguided-laws-failing-halt-abuse-foreign

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