About half of South Asians say their employers have never told them the details of their employment contracts, while 40 per cent have been made to work on statutory holidays, a university survey has found. A total of 403 South Asians including Nepalese, Indians and Pakistanis were interviewed. More than 70 per cent had not read any information about the labour ordinance in Hong Kong, and only 32.8 per cent had received information about the ordinance from their bosses, said Fermi Wong Wai-fun, director of Unison Hong Kong for Ethnic Equality, a non-governmental organisation. Unison conducted the survey jointly with the department of social studies at City University. 'Information not written in their own language, lack of publicity of the information among South Asian people and information being difficult to understand were the first three commonly faced problems in getting information about the labour ordinance,' Ms Wong said. About 50 poll respondents, between 21 and 40, said their labour rights were not protected to the same degree as those of local Chinese. About 35 per cent said their employers had unreasonably changed the terms of their contract without seeking their agreement first and had not given them a rest day in every seven days worked. The findings indicated the urgency of laws against racial discrimination in Hong Kong, Ms Wong said. 'The government needs to speed up the drafting of anti-racial discrimination ordinances so that the rights of South Asian people can be equally protected,' Ms Wong said. She also recommended that information on the labour ordinance be translated into Hindi, Urdu and Nepalese to ensure South Asians receive the same information as local Chinese.