Immigrant domestic workers took to the streets in Taipei on Sunday, calling for better legal protections. For example, the introduction of Taiwan’s minimum wage and two days off per week.
At the rally held before International Migration Day on December 18th. More than 100 workers from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam gathered, along with representatives of labor rights groups.
“We want the protection of the law,” read one sign, while another declared “We are not slaves.”
They also called for the enactment of a family service law to protect the rights of migrant domestic workers.
Jasmin, a housekeeper from the Philippines who has been working in Taiwan for six years, says her job is mostly cleaning up three to 10 times a day after the elderly have had urination and bladder, but She also has to do other things. housework.
Without the protection of the law, she said, domestic workers with occupational injuries, mental stress and illness are often neglected by employers and job agents.
Feni, an Indonesian caregiver who came to Taiwan three years ago, says she gets less rest because she does housework during the day and takes care of her employer’s parents at night.
Furthermore, she is only allowed one day off per month, on the condition that all her work must be completed before leaving, and she has to return home by 9 pm to start working again.
According to a brochure issued by the Taiwan Migrants Empowerment Network (MENT) at the rally, migrant domestic domestic workers in Taiwan are currently being paid NT $ 17,000 ($ 600) a month, low. much more than the minimum wage of NT $ 23,800.
They are allowed one day off per week, but their employer can “bribe” the day by paying them NT $ 567, the ad said.
Additionally, under Taiwanese law, migrant domestic workers are not eligible for overtime pay, severance pay, occupational disability or retirement benefits, MENT said.
MENT coordinator Hsu Chun-huai (許 淳 淮) told reporters that in 2004, this organization proposed the Household Services Act, but it did not reach the Legislature and the Cabinet did No alternative bill has been introduced since then.
He said MENT will try again next year to submit the proposed bill when the new legislative session begins. According to Hsu, the proposed bill has the backing of Legislator Hung Sun-han (洪申翰) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who is expected to fund it.
Hsu expressed optimism about the fate of the bill in the coming time, citing increasing awareness of the community about the important role of domestic work and the increasing allocation of resources. cover for long-term care.
According to data from the Ministry of Labor (MOL), as of the end of October, about a third of the 700,000 migrant workers in Taiwan work in the home service sector.
In a 2017 press release, the Department said the Labor Standards Act does not apply to migrant domestic workers because they have working hours and working patterns different from migrant workers in the industry. production and business.
MOL says the immigrant domestic domestic workers’ working conditions, including wages and hours of work, are guided by a contract between them and their employer.