Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Public March and Rally on Wage Protection for FDWS in HK

The Coalition for Migrants’ Rights (CMR), a coalition of 7 grassroots organizations and trade unions in Hong Kong, once again invites members of the media, non-government organizations and migrants’ associations in Hong Kong to join the public march to support CMR’s ongoing campaign on Wage Protection for Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong.

Dubbed as a “Heart Breaking Public March,” CMR members want to express their disappointment in the Hong Kong government’s failure to adequately protect the working and living conditions of foreign domestic workers (FDWs), particularly its failure to ensure FDWs a fair wage. On 18 May 2005, the Labor Department of HK announced a HK$50.00 monthly wage increase for FDWs, a measly 1.5% adjustment from their previous monthly wage of HK$3,270. CMR members believe that this adjustment of their monthly wage is insufficient, especially in light of their substantial contributions to the social and economic conditions of Hong Kong.

CMR calls on the Hong Kong government to take immediate steps towards a more significant increase to FDWs monthly wage by implementing the previous HK$3,670 and to correct their substandard working and living conditions for FDWs, by taking immediate action to stamp-out underpayment of wages, early termination of contract by employers, excessive recruitment fees, and to scrap the Two-week Rule (NCS Policies) of Hong Kong, among others.

Public March and Rally: 12 February 2006
Assembly Place: HSBC Basement, Central, HK
Assembly Time: 12:00 noon
Start of the March to the CGO: 12:45 noon
Public Rally at CGO Compound: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
(Submission of Position Paper)
March from CGO back to HSBC: 2:30 p.m.

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