Indonesian maids threaten to strike over recruitment fees

Indonesian maids and other migrant workers could go on strike in a dispute over overcharging by recruitment agencies and government indifference, a migrants' group said Sunday.

Indonesian maids threaten to strike over recruitment fees
Indonesian maids and other migrant workers could go on strike in a dispute over overcharging by recruitment agencies and government indifference, a migrants' group said Sunday.

Eni Lestari, chairwoman of the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers, said a strike was one option being considered, as hundreds of Indonesian maids marched from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to the Hong Kong government offices in the central business district to draw attention to their plight.

A recent survey showed Indonesian maids were underpaid a total of at least 36 million Hong Kong dollars (4.6 million US dollars) each month. The survey found that three in every five maids had to give their entire salaries for up to the first eight months of their employment direct to the recruitment agent that found them the jobs.

Migrant groups accused the Hong Kong government of ignoring the problem and of failing to enforce the city's labour laws


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