Date
20 January 2017
The Indonesian Consulate General will ask employment agencies to include a clause in the labor contracts of domestic helpers prohibiting them from cleaning high-rise windows. Photos: Google Maps, Baidu
The Indonesian Consulate General will ask employment agencies to include a clause in the labor contracts of domestic helpers prohibiting them from cleaning high-rise windows. Photos: Google Maps, Baidu

Indonesia to impose own ban on window-cleaning

Indonesia is following a move by the Philippine government to ban its nationals working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong from cleaning the exterior of windows in high-rise buildings.

The Indonesian Consulate General is set to issue a letter to all employment agencies in a few days, demanding that a new clause setting such a prohibition be included in the service contract between the helper and the employer, nowTV News reports.

The Philippine Consulate General has asked employment agencies to implement the measure on all new contracts to be signed starting this Saturday.

The move came after several domestic helpers fell to their death while cleaning the windows of high-rise apartments.

The Labour Department has yet to respond to media enquiries on whether such an arrangement would require approval from the Hong Kong government to become effective.

There are over 340,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, with over 90 percent of them from Indonesia and the Philippines.

Some employment agencies said it is important for the Hong Kong government to clarify if such a ban is legally binding, as it would have an impact on the coverage of labor insurance plans for all domestic helpers, Headline Daily reported.

Under the new arrangement, accidents resulting from the cleaning of windows might no longer be covered by insurance.

The Labour Department said it is looking into the matter and stressed that all terms of the employment contract must be agreed upon by both the employer and the employee.

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