Migrant domestic employees experienced increased discrimination both in public and from their employers during the COVID-19 break out however have actually not been given guidelines on how to lodge formal complaints, the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Employees Unions (FADWU) stated throughout a press conference Sunday.
A survey of over 420 migrant employees in the city found that around 83%said they have actually experienced more unfair treatment in current months, including at markets and while taking mass transit. A number of workers have also had their agreements unjustly terminated due to the fact that they left your home on their off day– a right they are legally entitled to– after their employers ordered them to stay at home.
The company stated that majority of respondents did not understand they might lodge a problem to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) due to the lack of clear standards and outreach from the statutory body. The commission has actually also made it more difficult for migrant workers to submit grievances by suspending the handling of cases that are lodged through e-mail starting July 27, they included.
” Many migrant employees can not head out on weekdays, we can just head out on Sundays so the very best method for us to complain is to utilize emails. Today they get this access for us,” Shiella Estrada, Secretary of the FADWU, stated.
There are around 400,000 migrant domestic workers– mainly from the Philippines and Indonesia– in Hong Kong, constituting about 10%of the city’s labor force. They take up child care and housekeeping obligations, making a minimum salary of HK$ 4,630(US$580) each month.
Stuck in your home throughout the epidemic, a lot of have undoubtedly needed to work longer hours under the careful eye of their employers– some without being paid additional. Yet a poll performed by Asian Migrants Collaborating Body in March found that a price quote of 50,000 migrant employees had actually not been given any surgical masks or hand sanitzers by their companies, leaving them to source their own with their meager income.
The FADWU likewise criticized the federal government for not clarifying the working arrangement of migrant employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Migrant employees entering Hong Kong from the Philippines, or who have actually been identified as close contacts of infected COVID-19 patients, have to go through a 14- day quarantine. Authorities have not mandated companies to pay employees throughout this interim.
” If we are quarantined for 14 days, are we paid or not?” Estrada stated. “When we come here and we need to put in quarantine, it’s rather tough for us likewise if we’re not paid.”
While the epidemic has actually largely stabilized in Hong Kong, numerous nations in the area are far from flattening their virus curves. Nine individuals from the Philippines tested favorable upon arrival in Hong Kong this month.
Raly Tejada, Consul-General of the Philippines in Hong Kong, stated around 12,600 Filipino domestic employees are anticipated to come to the city over the next few weeks. Some are new hires while others are employees who have actually simply restored their contracts.
Rights groups have contacted the government to set up quarantine centers for the increase. But authorities have stated there are inadequate areas to house all arrivals and that the Labor Department would look into leasing economical hotels rather.
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