A migrant support organization has proposed that the minimum monthly salary of foreign domestic workers be raised to $6,014 from the current $4,630.
The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body has also suggested during a meeting earlier today, Jul 30, with Labour Department representatives that the food allowance be raised to $2,895 from $1,121.
The minimum salary rates have been frozen for the past two years in the wake of the pandemic.
The AMCB says the amount they propose represents a “living wage,” meaning it is the minimum amount needed to support the FDW needs in Hong Kong and the family they support back home.
The group is also pushing for a day’s rest for all FDWs who get a vaccination jab.
Many who have had the coronavirus vaccine have complained of being forced by their employers to go straight back to work even if they were feeling unwell from the side effects of the jab.
The AMCB representatives included Dolores Balladares of United Filipinos in Hong Kong and Eni Lestari of International Migrants Alliance and leaders from various ethnic migrants groups.