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Workers Protest Low Wages for Maids in Hong Kong

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jerome Aning Posted: Sep 08, 2009

More than 200 domestic workers marched to the Hong Kong Central Government Office Sunday to protest the local governments decision to peg the minimum allowable wage (MAW) of foreign maids at HK$3,580 (P22,520) a month.

Wage freeze is an insensitive and inconsiderate response of the Hong Kong government in the face of the economic hardships facing workers right now. It vindicates our position that the policy of minimum allowable wage for foreign domestic helpers is against the rights of workers, said Eman Villanueva, spokesperson for the protest organizer, Asian Migrants Coordinating Body.

The maids, who included Filipinos, Thais, Nepalese and Sri Lankans, chanted slogans, raised placards and unfurled streamers denouncing the HK Executive Councils decision last month to freeze their wages.


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