Migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong come from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India and other countries in South and SouthEast Asia. While some members of the community can be categorised as low skilled workers, others are qualified individuals carrying diplomas and masters degrees. The contributions of domestic workers are essential yet, they are uniquely vulnerable and face numerous challenges.
Exploitation and abuse of domestic workers, one of the most vulnerable communities, is not unique to Hong Kong. Although certain provisions ensure the rights of domestic workers, there remains an undeniable gap in equitable access to justice and fair and equal treatment.
The protection of domestic workers is imperative for the realisation of the Hong Kong’s shared future. In doing this, their unique needs and challenges should be recognised and addressed for sustainable change to occur.
Employers play an integral role in ensuring equal and fair treatment towards domestic workers. Their support is crucial to securing a mutually beneficial employment relationship.