HK Helpers Campaign

HongKongHelpersCampaignThema: A Campaign for Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers.
Beschreibung: Helpers are arguably the backbone of Hong Kong’s middle class and the engine of its economy. They leave their own loved ones to care for our children, the elderly and run our homes – allowing Hong Kong families to earn double incomes. More than half of Hong Kong’s 300,000+ helpers are abused verbally, physically or sexually. They are the only workers who, by law, must live with their employer. They can never gain permanent residency, are not allowed to drive and many are trafficked from their home countries into debt bondage. Many are ‘on-call‘ 24/7, some are not given a rest day and they are exempt from the Hong Kong minimum wage. Helpers earn just HK$ 4,100 (US$ 528) per month – a salary that has barely changed in a decade. These issues rarely elicit public sympathy and are often reported on poorly by the media, who often reinforce stereotypes.
We are a small, diverse group of volunteer campaigners working closely with helpers and local NGOs. We are committed for the long-term and intend to pursue these issues in the public sphere and through the Hong Kong courts. Our objective is to amplify the voices of helpers by linking them, and relevant NGOs, with those in the media, law, politics and academia. The ultimate aim is to apply pressure to successfully achieve our three basic campaign points. To (1) scrap the ‘two-week’ law, (2) to enforce maximum working hours and (3) to end illegal agency fees. The live-in law and two-week rule discourage helpers from escaping abusive situations, whilst illegal agency fees can leave newly arrived maids indebted for months on end.
Ort: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Web und Text-/Bildquelle: HK Helpers Campaign


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