Domestic workers get together in Central, Hong Kong, on a public holiday last year. Photo: Edward Wong . 17JUN18 SCMP / Edward Wong

Foreign domestic workers are vital to Hong Kong’s economy, but why aren’t they better protected by law?

  • Recent research quantifying the economic contribution of the 385,000 migrant women working in Hong Kong homes highlights the need for stronger statutory labour protection for this marginalised group
Topic |   Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

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Domestic workers get together in Central, Hong Kong, on a public holiday last year. Photo: Edward Wong . 17JUN18 SCMP / Edward Wong
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Baby Jane Allas (left) and her sister. A month after Allas was diagnosed with cervical cancer, her employer dismissed her. Photo: Handout
Brian YS Wong
Opinion

Opinion

Brian YS Wong

It’s every Hongkonger’s responsibility to stop mistreatment of our domestic workers

  • The law and employment contracts that supposedly protect foreign domestic workers only go so far, as shown by the recent sacking of a cancer-stricken helper. Hongkongers should demand decent treatment for these invaluable workers

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Baby Jane Allas (left) and her sister. A month after Allas was diagnosed with cervical cancer, her employer dismissed her. Photo: Handout
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