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Wage increase disappointing

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Migrant rights workers said they are disappointed with the 2.4 per cent wage increase for foreign domestic workers announced by the Hong Kong government on September 30.

The minimum allowable wage for the foreign domestic sector in Hong Kong is being increased by $100 a month to $4,210. The new level for the minimum wage is to be applicable to contracts signed from October 1 onwards.

The food allowance has been increased by $31, from $964 to $995.

Eman Villanueva, the spokesperson of the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body, called the recent wage increase disappointing, saying that it is significantly less than what rights groups have been lobbying for—$4,500.

“Our demand for a minimum allowable wage of $4,500 has been forwarded to the government for the past three years and is already long overdue,” he said.

“The decision of the Hong Kong government to only give a measly $100 pay hike only shows how low their regard to the value of our work is,” he added.

He said he believes the rise is not proportional with the inflation rate in Hong Kong and his group will continue to lobby and fight for a more substantial and meaningful increase in the future.


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