Within this month or maybe the next, the
We've heard of how domestic workers here are abused, overworked and sometimes driven to desperation as shown by the reported suicide cases. But not much on the story of their wage.
There is a myth that foreign maid's salary in
Back then, they used the wage level in
The current MAW is HK$3,480 a month. It has suffered two drastic wage cuts in the past decade – HK$190 in 1999 and HK$400 five years ago. For the past three years, it was increased by HK$50, then by HK$80 and then by another HK$80. Peanuts in relation to what has been shaved off.
This wage level is nominally equivalent to that in 1996. As if living standards have not changed since then. Even my favorite colorum restaurant has jacked off its regular meal by 25%.
It is no wonder then that wage is such a touchy topic for foreign maids.
More so now that everyone's burdened by price increases and drop in foreign exchange rates like in the
So right now, everyone’s on their toes. The May First march had the wage issue as a main call. It was fantastic show of force by thousands of FDWs who joined local trade unions.
Some of the pics:
The wage campaign is a matter of survival. It is a matter of dignifying domestic worker's work. It is a matter of giving justice to one of the most neglected, abused and exploited sectors of the working people.
Though this may not be a post about love, somehow, I feel like this still is
PS: Alright. I will post about love soon. If he says yes.