The woman who proposed slashing domestic helpers' salaries by 20 per cent employs three maids and stands to save $2,316 a month if her plan is accepted. But Provisional Urban Councillor Jennifer Chow Kit-bing insisted yesterday she paid her maids above the minimum wage of $3,860 and did not plan to cut their salaries. Ms Chow, who can claim up to $50,470 a month as a full-time urban councillor, said she would accept a 20 per cent cut in that allowance, even though she said the maximum limit does not fully reimburse her for all the expenses incurred in performing her duties. 'I don't mind taking a 20 per cent cut if it's needed. We all have to work together,' she said. She said her pay-cut proposal was not meant for employers such as herself and her husband who had not been hit by the financial crisis. 'I won't cut my maids' salary because we are able to pay. This won't affect them. But many families have no other option. They want to keep their maids but they can't,' Ms Chow said. The 43-year-old, who lives in a 3,000-square-foot Clear Water Bay house and was defeated in this year's Legco election, said she did not know how the Government would be able to prevent better-off employers abusing a lower minimum wage. 'That's a technical matter. That needs to be worked out by the Government. The Government can set up criteria for employers to prove,' she said. 'But I don't want it to be that complicated.' However, domestic helpers' unions said the proposal would lead to more abuses over maids' wages. Ms Chow refused to allow her maids to be interviewed. Her husband trades in office equipment for the Wah Hing Group on the mainland and internationally. The couple have a 19-year-old daughter.