Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Foreign domestic workers make up around 3 per cent of the Hong Kong population. In 2013, there were some 320,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, of which 50 per cent were from the Philippines, 47 per cent from Indonesia, and the rest from Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Hong Kong law states that such workers must reside with their employers. Their wages are subject to a statutory minimum of HK$4,010 per month from September 30 last year. There have been several high-profile court cases in which domestic workers have alleged torture and abuse at the hands of their employers. According to a 2013 report by Amnesty International, Indonesian migrant domestic workers are at risk of serious human and labour rights violations in Hong Kong.

Confusing new visa regime for domestic helpers angers British expats

Difficult new visa restrictions have forced many British expats to cancel their holidays and led to blacklisted domestic helper passports. Photo: Dickson Lee

British expatriates have lambasted as ridiculous and infuriating a new visa regime that has forced some families to cancel their summer holidays back home and led to black marks in the passports of their domestic helpers.

Sunday, 28 June, 2015, 6:01pm 20 comments

Domestic workers protest over Regina Ip’s ‘racist’ comments on Filipino helpers ‘bedding expat bosses’

Protesters march with banners in Central on Sunday over Regina Ip's comments about Filipino maids sleeping with their expat bosses. Photo: Franke Tsang

Around 300 domestic helpers and their supporters protested for the second time in a week against executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee's "racist" comments about helpers sleeping with their expatriate bosses.

27 Apr 2015 - 8:41pm 41 comments

Regina Ip apologises for comments about Filipino maids in Hong Kong

Protesters denounce Exco member Regina Ip outside her office in Wan Chai. Photo: Felix Wong

Executive Councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee apologised to those who were offended by her controversial remarks on Filipino domestic helpers, but she insisted the comments were not sexist or racist.

25 Apr 2015 - 4:02am 46 comments

Protesters demand Regina Ip apologise for comments about Filipino maids

Protesters demand Regina Ip apologise for comments about Filipino maids

About 40 domestic helpers and their supporters rallied outside the office of executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee in Wan Chai to demand an apology after she cited complaints about Filipinos bedding their expatriate bosses.

24 Apr 2015 - 3:27am 7 comments

I meant no offence, Regina Ip says as helpers plan protests over maids bedding bosses claims

Regina Ip's comments raised concern at the Philippine consulate. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

 Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has reassured domestic helpers that no discrimination or offence was intended over her earlier comments about Filipino maids having affairs with their expatriate bosses.

22 Apr 2015 - 2:31am 15 comments

Philippine consulate voices concern over Regina Ip’s ‘unfortunate choice of words’ about Filipino maids

Regina Ip said the public had misunderstood her article. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong on Monday night issued a statement to express concern about the “unfortunate choice of words” by high-profile politician Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, who made controversial comments about domestic helpers sleeping with expatriate bosses.

21 Apr 2015 - 12:24am 28 comments

Regina Ip accused of racism over tales of Filipino maids bedding expat bosses

Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said she should not apologise for the anecdotes as she was 'only stating the facts'. Photo: Edward Wong

Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee refused to apologise to Hong Kong's Filipino community yesterday after sparking outrage by quoting anecdotes of domestic helpers seducing expatriate bosses.

18 Apr 2015 - 1:30pm 118 comments

Hong Kong’s only Myanmese helper agency to shut down as boss blames government

Law Yiu-keung reflects on his misfortune in his Tsuen Wan office. He says he has lost at least HK$2 million. Photo: May Tse

The only recruitment agency in Hong Kong permitted to bring in maids from Myanmar has folded, with its owner at least HK$2 million out of pocket and accusing the Myanmese government of victimisation.

1 Apr 2015 - 2:48am

Hong Kong domestic helpers allege murder over death of maid crushed by concrete slab

Workers groups protest at the Sunlight Employment Agency, where Elis Kurniasih was crushed, on Tuesday in North Point. Photo: David Wong

The Indonesian domestic helper who was killed by a falling 60kg concrete slab in North Point was the sole breadwinner of the family, her uncle said in hospital, minutes before he was informed of her death.

18 Mar 2015 - 5:20am 8 comments

'I will fight for her': Uncle of crushed Hong Kong maid speaks out minutes before her death

Elis Kurniasih and her uncle, Sudrajat. Photo: David Wong

In a poignant interview that ended just minutes before Elis Kurniasih died on Monday night, her uncle told the South China Morning Post why it was he and not her parents who had flown to be by the domestic worker’s side.

17 Mar 2015 - 11:24am 1 comment

Hong Kong maid dies five days after being crushed by falling concrete slab

Hong Kong maid dies five days after being crushed by falling concrete slab

An Indonesian domestic worker has died, five days after she was crushed by a 60kg slab of concrete while sleeping on the balcony of a guesthouse run by her employment agency.

17 Mar 2015 - 10:53am 24 comments

Hong Kong maid has leg amputated while in coma after 60kg concrete block falls on her

Elis Kurniasih was hit by a falling concrete slab as she slept on a Hong Kong balcony.

A domestic helper has had her left leg amputated after a 60kg piece of concrete fell and crushed her while she was sleeping on the balcony of her employment agency's boarding house.

16 Mar 2015 - 8:47pm 2 comments

Reform regulation of domestic helpers to protect them from abuse, rights group urges

Erwiana (left) and lawmaker Emily Lau yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Labour rights advocates and a group of pan-democrats have joined forces to call on the government to review policies on domestic helpers after the employer of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was jailed for six years on Friday.

4 Mar 2015 - 12:44am 3 comments

How I survived the ‘terrorist attack’ of being falsely accused of wounding my maid

Defendant Ngan Suk-wai (left) was cleared of wounding Anis Andriyani with intent. Photos: David Wong, K.Y. Cheng

Employer Ngan Suk-wai, a self-described ordinary mother, recalls the ordeal of going to court to face false accusations that she cut her domestic helper's finger with a knife.

27 Feb 2015 - 5:24pm 16 comments

Government makes maids' plight worse by failing to enforce rules

Activist Fish Ip says if helpers leave the job, then they can't pay back the agency fees.

The crushed dreams of helpers like Maricel Angeles can be seen as a failure of the government to enforce policies that are sound, rectify ones that are flawed, or ensure that helpers' interests are protected and valued.

22 Feb 2015 - 5:04am 4 comments