On August 15, the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) joined grassroots migrant workers organizations in a dialogue with the Hong Kong Labour Department regarding the proposed wage hike for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) to HK$5,000.
Rey Asis represented the APMM, of which he is a programme officer, joined Eman Villanueva and Feliza Guy Benitez of the Filipino Migrant Workers’ Union, Dolores Balladares of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong, Eni Lestari of the Asosiasi Buruh Migran Indonesia (ATKI-HK), Sringatin of Indonesian Migrant Workers’ Union and Bungon Tamasorn of the Thai Regional Alliance. Cynthia Abdon-Tellez of the Mission for Migrant Workers was also present during the dialogue.
In this meeting, the following demands for FDWs were reiterated:
- Increase the FDWs’ minimum allowable wage to HK$5,000 and the food allowance to HK$1,600 per month;
- Include FDWs in the legislation of working hour regulation;
- Prohibit the cleaning of the windows’ exterior from the list of domestic duties and for the LD to improve its work on the occupational health and safety of FDWs;
- Make live-out as an option and inspection of living accommodation for live-in FDWs;
- Stricter regulation of employment agencies and a follow-up on the Code of Practice for EAs; and
- Warn employers not to force their FDWs to subscribe mobile data or any form of services that will incur additional expenses on the part of FDWs. Employers must pay for expenses arising from the performance of FDWs’ domestic duties.