The South China Morning Post interviewed seven domestic helpers yesterday to find out what they thought about the proposed 20 per cent pay cut. Three were already being paid below the legal minimum wage of $3,860. MYRA MAULINO Age: 26 Nationality: Filipino Status: Single 'My salary is $3,750. I think the 20 per cent cut is unfair. We do all the child care and household tasks. Then sometimes the employers ask us to do household chores in their relatives' houses. Some domestic helpers even have to work in their boss' factories. If they are going to cut salaries here then they should cut everyone's.' CHRISTINA GUINSACAO Age: 36 Nationality: Filipino Status: Married with four children 'I am assistant auditor for SAMMKA-UNIFL, which is an organisation for migrant women. We organised this group so Filipinos would know their rights. I do not agree with the 20 per cent. Fortunately I receive above the minimum wage. I get $4,500 and my employers are supportive of my activities for Filipinos.' RAFFY YASON Age: 39 Nationality: Filipino Status: Separated 'I have been here for six years. Before, I was an engineering officer in the Philippines. I am separated from my wife and I have two children aged 12 and 11, so I have to send money home for their schooling. I am very sad about the proposal for the 20 per cent cut. It would be a big problem to me.' NANDA MOHOTTIGI Age: 35 Nationality: Sri Lankan Status: Single 'I have lived here for two years and will stay one more year. I earn less than the minimum wage but I cannot tell you how much because I am worried about my employers. I am the vice-secretary of the Association of Sri Lankans in Hong Kong. I don't agree with the 20 per cent cut.' EDUARDO MARZAN Age: 50 Nationality: Filipino Status: Married with two children 'I come from Pangasinan in the Philippines. I don't agree with the 20 per cent. I earn $3,860 and I want it to stay at that level. I don't want to take a salary cut and I don't know what I would do if they did cut my pay.' CHARLOT ROWEL Age: 34 Nationality: Sri Lankan Status: married with family 'I have been in Hong Kong for only five months as a domestic helper. I have two sons at home aged 10 and eight. This proposal wouldn't affect me as I already earn less than the minimum wage. I earn $2,500 a month.' ANABELLE AGTARAP Age: 35 Nationality: Filipino Status: Single 'I feel the 20 per cent reduction on the $3,860 salary is a bad idea. I have only been in Hong Kong for two months and have signed a two-year contract. At the moment I earn the minimum wage. I work as a domestic helper here but in the Philippines I was a dental assistant.'