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Lack of training and sleep deprivation haunt domestic workers in elderly care

HONG KONG (SE): Foreign domestic workers who are assigned to the care of the elderly in Hong Kong are deprived of proper resting hours and many of them do not have adequate training, reveals a recent study conducted by the Mission For Migrant Workers (MFMW). 
 
The study showed that foreign domestic workers, although assigned with the tough task of caring for the elderly, are a neglected group whose needs are to be attended to. Some respondents even complained that they were put to work non-stop for one whole day.
 

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Call for pay hike for foreign domestic workers

HONG KONG (SE): The Justice and Peace Commission is pushing for 25 per cent pay rise in the minimum wage for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. 
 
Around 300 foreign domestic workers, dressed in red, marched from Chater Road to the Central Government Offices in Tamar on September 9 to fight for an increase of their minimum allowable wage from $4,410 to $5,500 as well as an up in food allowance from $1,053 to $2,500. The rally was organised by the Asian Migrant Coordinating Body.
 

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Stories behind the singing and dancing in Central

HONG KONG (SE): Public holidays are the most crowded days for Central, the financial hub of Hong Kong. Foreign domestic workers, who have nowhere to go on their day off,  have little choice but to “occupy Central” week after week. 
 
The Justice and Peace Commission put together a guided tour on July 22 and invited people to come and see the plight of foreign domestic workers first hand.
 

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Labour Commission pushes for more facilities for migrant workers

HONG KONG (SE): Law Pui-shan, policy research officer for the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, urged Hong Kong people to show more understanding about the activities of foreign domestic workers in public places. 
 

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Movie on domestic worker sheds light into their struggles

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong celebrated National Women’s Month with the screening of Martika, a movie highlighting the struggles of both overseas workers and their employers on March 25. 
 
The 60-minute feature film, directed by Wong Fei-pang, calls attention to Filipino domestic workers, whose presence may have been ignored but exposes that they matter to Hong Kong in more ways than is currently thought of.
 

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Philippine bishops back migrant rights deal with Kuwait

Manila (UCAN): The Philippine bishops’ Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People is pressing the county’s government to ensure that a deal about to be struck with Kuwait guaranteeing protection for Filipino workers, most of whom are domestic helpers, is adhered to.
 
Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, head of the commission, said the government should see to it that the provisions in the proposed deal are implemented.
 

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Live-in rule leads to more abuse, groups argue

HONG KONG (SE): Migrant rights groups, and a spokesperson of the Justice and Peace Commission, expressed disappointment over the February 14 High Court ruling to uphold the mandatory live-in policy for foreign domestic workers, as it showed a lack of understanding of their plight.
 
Nancy Almorin Lubiano, a Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong, lost the judicial review when the court ruled that the live-in arrangement is one of the requirements of working in Hong Kong and there is no direct relationship between abuses and the live-in arrangement.

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Consulate fluffs but workers pay

HONG KONG (SE): It is a double whammy for overseas foreign workers,” Dolores Balladares, from United Filipinos Hong Kong, said of the failure of the Philippine Consulate General to ensure migrant workers filled out the correct forms for the Hong Kong Immigration Department when renewing their job contracts.

The contracts need to be processed by the Philippine authorities before they can be sent to the Hong Kong government office for approval.

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Manipulated income level means industry can pay little

HONG KONG (SE): Migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong are again disappointed at the 2.4 per cent increase in their monthly  minimum allowable wage granted by a government board that operates in a silence protected from public scrutiny.

In refusing to grant the increase from $4,210 to $5,000 as requested by the workers, the board cited the short term economic outlook for the city, as well as the balance between the needs of migrant workers and the ability of the industry to pay.

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Getting serious about upgrading skills

HONG KONG (SE): The Domestic Workers Empowerment Project, held at the campus of the University of Hong Kong, entered its second stage in February this year with more diversified subjects included in the programme.

To encourage participants to put more effort into enhancing their knowledge, those admitted into the programme had to meet some qualifying requirements to take part in the second phase.

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