Bringing up the rearer

Like it or not, with many mothers and fathers working long hours in Hong Kong, a lot of the responsibility of parenting has fallen on domestic helpers. This is especially true on weekdays.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

Maid to order

More and more domestic helpers are becoming substitute parents during the day. Rehana Sheikh, an instructor at YWCA, and Jackie Chan Hiu-yeung, a psychologist at the Hong Kong Psychological Counselling Centre, offer a few tips to employers who plan to involve their maids in parenting duties.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A good week for ...

Carlos Slim

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

This might help

Some factors to keep in mind when hiring a helper


Man Siu-chun, team leader of the Asian Migrant Workers Social Service Project at Caritas, says employers should consider whether they are ready for the presence of a non-family member at home.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A legal thicket

Labour experts and legislators have called on the government to provide for a contractual probation period and discretionary power for employers to terminate a contract in exceptional circumstances such as pregnancy and terminal illness.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Don't link devotion to PR status

I am writing in response to Winky Lai Wing-ki's article, 'Farewell to days of love and faithfulness' (Young Post, December 8). She recalls the days of ma jie and how faithful and loving these women were.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Helpers entitled to enjoy day off

Once again, the issue of foreign domestic helpers conglomerating in Central on Sundays rears its ugly head, with the letter from Bonnie Tam ('Helpers turn Central into no-go area', November 13). This is no doubt fuelled by the current controversy over right of abode.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Unions to poll maids on HK ambitions

A coalition of foreign domestic helper unions is launching a survey to find out how many maids plan to stay in Hong Kong permanently.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Time city pays respect to domestic helpers

It was a good win for Hong Kong's rule of law last Friday. Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a Filipina domestic worker who has lived here since 1986, won a legal challenge against laws preventing helpers settling here permanently.

However, the victory was not universally celebrated; the case, which could affect thousands of helpers, has split opinion in the city.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

No residency for domestic helpers

The issue of whether foreign domestic helpers should be granted permanent residency has been in the news lately.

I think they should definitely not receive permanent residency status, although they have contributed a lot to our society.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report, 'Leung looks to Beijing to settle helper issue', on page 5 of the August 14 edition of the Sunday Morning Post said, wrongly, that human rights law firm Vidler & Co filed a High Court writ on behalf of Evangeline Banao Vallejos, a Filipino helper, challenging the Immigration Ordinance clause that bars domestic helpers from seeking residency.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

'There will be chaos' if helpers win abode rights

Domestic helpers should not get permanent residency because the city could not sustain such an influx, an association representing employers of helpers says.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cross-border neighbours deserve a warm welcome

As a member of the Basic Law Committee, I can only stay silent on the judicial reviews sought by Filipino domestic helpers on the right of abode issue and on whether another interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution may be necessary.

But I am free to comment on another side of the issue: that is, why are we discriminating against our own people?

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

workers' rights

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.

4 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Help at hand for domestic helpers

Overseas domestic helpers are common in Hong Kong. They help us clean our homes, cook dinner and look after our children.

But have there been times when you get frustrated that things are not done right?

Perhaps dinner wasn't to your liking, or that stain on your new shirt has still not been removed.

13 Aug 2010 - 12:00am