Thousands of foreign domestic helpers yesterday protested against moves by the Government to cut their wages and ban workers living away from employers. The Asian Migrants Co-ordinating Body estimated 2,000 maids joined the march from Victoria Park to the Central Government Offices. They shouted 'no to wage cuts' and carried banners in support of continued living-out arrangements. The Government is reviewing the maids' minimum wage of $3,670 a month in view of the economic downturn, with Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen recently indicating it would be cut. Filipino domestic worker Rowena Palma, who has been in Hong Kong for six years, said they were fighting for their rights. 'We are already the lowest-paid workers in Hong Kong. If our wages are cut we will have nothing to live on and nothing to send back to our families,' she said. Connie Bragas-Regalado, who chairs United Filipinos in Hong Kong, said that in times of crisis the Government had a responsibility to protect the wages of maids and migrant workers. A protest letter from the Asian Migrants Co-ordinating Body to the Education and Manpower Bureau and Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa described moves to cut pay as 'immoral, inhumane and unjust'. It said: 'While top government officials and executives of big corporations earn six-figure salaries a month, they want to bring down our wage levels back to 1991. 'More cruel is anti-worker and anti-migrant legislator Choy So-yuk, who wants the wages cut to 1989 levels at $2,500.' Four placards called on officials to take pay cuts, including Mr Tsang, Ms Choy, Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association vice-chairman Joseph Law. Maids had their wages cut five per cent - or $190 - in 1999 and have not received a rise since 1996.