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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.


Maid levy fund should help cover employers' litigation costs

Sunday, 29 July, 2007, 12:00am


Setting record straight in maids debate

The large contingent of foreign domestic helpers here testifies to their reasonably good performance so that Hong Kong families are willing to employ them.

I am disappointed that those who concern themselves with helpers' welfare have repeatedly failed to come up with any convincing argument for their good cause.

16 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


We must save fish for future generations

We refer to the correspondence regarding the issue of CLP Power constructing a terminal at the Soko Islands.

First, WWF supports the use of liquefied natural gas as the cleanest fossil fuel presently available.

21 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Charity begins with patient waiting

Your article 'Movers & savers', published on December 28, has since served as my guide on how to minimise waste in Hong Kong.

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Loss of subsidy 'will put helpers out of work'

Thousands of local domestic helpers could be thrown out of work when the government stops paying them travel allowances in March next year, a trade union claims.

23 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Filipino maids fear getting higher salaries

Filipino maid Maria Jimenez's salary will be doubling to M$1,430 (HK$3,052) a month on Friday - but she isn't cheered by the prospect.

'I am not excited. I might end up losing my job,' she said outside the Lourdes Church in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Brickfields yesterday.

11 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Terrorism won when America declared holy war

Terrorism won the war not on September 11 five years ago but in the weeks that followed, as US President George W. Bush turned a criminal act into a holy war. When he declared a 'crusade' against terrorists and warned that countries were 'either for or against' the US in this new war, he raised Osama bin Laden and his followers to the status of enemy heroes.

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

No excuse for unambitious plan to clean the air

It was galling to read nothing more than 15 paragraphs of excuses in environment minister Sarah Liao Sau-tung's piece 'A vision of cleaner air' (June 27). They all had one theme: if even Europe and the US cannot meet World Health Organisation guidelines, how can we? Then there is the rather unambitious pledge in her last paragraph to meet emissions targets in another four years.

28 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


Q Is the pay rise for foreign domestic helpers appropriate?

It's ironic that Hong Kong employers have decried the small wage rise for domestics that has just been announced by the government ('Domestic helpers scorn $80 pay rise as their bosses cry poor', City, yesterday).

1 Jun 2006 - 12:00am


ROMEL CHITO MACARIO and his friends stand out in the crowd of migrant workers gathered outside the Legco building, the only men in a sea of women. But like their female counterparts, many are far from home and family - and earning their wages by taking care of the homes and families of others.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Pay protest by foreign maids will go ahead

An umbrella group of foreign domestic helpers will go ahead with a protest on March 5 to press the government to raise their monthly pay to $3,670, after a meeting with a government official failed to ease workers' fears.

The protest is being held ahead of an announcement by the administration of a pay review for 200,000 domestic helpers in Hong Kong, expected in April.

20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Helpers will get support to appear in wage cases

Aggrieved foreign domestic helpers will be provided with accommodation and passage to Hong Kong as an incentive to testify against unscrupulous employers, the labour chief said yesterday.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

We will do all we can to protect maids, says senior official

A senior government official yesterday pledged to step up efforts to protect the rights of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, including raising the maximum penalty for wage offences.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Government plans to do more to help plight of foreign maids

Updated at 5.48pm: Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said on Thursday the government wanted to develop stronger relations with groups representing foreign maids in Hong Kong.

22 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Consider HK's mainland mums

I read with interest and concern your article 'Mainland mums may get $20,000 hospital bill' (April 24) on the possibility of increased Hospital Authority charges for mainland women giving birth in public hospitals.

On the face of it, it seems hard to argue with the proposition that we should ensure that outsiders do not take advantage of Hong Kong.

15 May 2005 - 12:00am