Date
24 September 2018
About 300 foreign maids stage a march from Central to the government headquarters in Admiralty on Sunday to seek a wage hike and better working conditions. The march was organized by the Asian Migrants’ Co-ordinating Body. Photo: AMCB
About 300 foreign maids stage a march from Central to the government headquarters in Admiralty on Sunday to seek a wage hike and better working conditions. The march was organized by the Asian Migrants’ Co-ordinating Body. Photo: AMCB

Foreign maids demand 25% wage hike, better working conditions

Hundreds of foreign domestic helpers took to the streets on Sunday, seeking a minimum wage increase and better working conditions, as the government is set to announce its annual decision on the matter soon.

Led by the Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body (AMCB), around 300 maids marched from Chater Road in Central to the government headquarters in Admiralty to air their demands, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

They asked for a 24.7 percent increase in the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW), to HK$5,500 per month from the current HK$4,410.

The demonstrators also sought additional terms to be included in their contracts. These include an 11-hour break for every two working days, a specified time period for each of their three meals per day, and a clean and comfortable room for them to sleep in.

An AMCB spokeswoman said a monthly wage of HK$5,500 is their minimum request.

As prices in Hong Kong are not only high but keep on rising, foreign maids, who are at the bottom of the income ladder, are finding it hard to get by on their current income, the spokeswoman said.

The government reviews the MAW for foreign maids every year and usually makes a decision in September or October.

The review results for this year are set to be announced by the end of this month.

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