Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Passing the buck on Maids in Singapore ...

On the issue of mandating a rest-day for maids, I am disappointed with the response from acting Minister for Manpower, Gan Kim Yong. Instead of acknowledging the issues and problems faced by our guest workers, he is passing the buck to people employing maids, claiming they are "responsible for their wellbeing", including adequate rest.


If the nature of domestic help demands flexibility, why not mandate rest-hours or hours of work per week with extra-hour work pay like the rest of the workforce? I think it is just terrible the way we have one set of standards for "normal" workers in Singapore and a complete disregard for domestic workers. Just a terrible disgrace.

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