讓外籍家務工在安全的居住及工作環境下工作

印尼移工協會-香港
2015年3月12日新聞稿
查詢: Sringatin (廣東話)
電話: 69920878
Eni Lestari (英語)
電話: 96081475

讓外籍家務工在安全的居住及工作環境下工作

亞洲移民人士聯盟為外籍家務工姊妹Elis的不幸事件感到震驚,並促請警方徹查。

根據現有消息,印尼家務工 Elis Kurniasih BT Ahi Komarudi於3月11日早上,在她所屬的陽光女傭中心宿舍陽台準備祈禱禮拜時,被突然跌下的冷氣機底座石屎擊中及折斷脊骨。Elis現時正留院搶救,命懸一線。

Elis獲發工作簽證後,於3月5日回港等待新合約開始。過去三年,她為另一僱主工作,直到她中止僱傭合約及找到新僱主後,在等候合約處理期間暫離香港。

Elis是亞洲移民人士聯盟的成員團體香港印尼移工協會(ATKI-HK)的會員。亞洲移民人士聯盟要求警方徹底調查Elis受傷一事,並向相關人士追究責任。

另外,Elis一案為改善外籍家務工居住及工作環境的議題提供了更有力的支持。過去多宗因強制留宿導致外傭被迫忍受駭人的住宿安排案件、數月前一菲律賓家務工在睡夢中被墜下的櫃擲中頭部而亡的案件,加上現在Elis在理應受中介公司保護的情況下發生的事–這些案例足以讓香港以及印尼等輸出國正視外籍家務工如此不受保障的原因,以致慘劇不斷重演。

這次的事件不應視作孤例。就如早前Erwiana一案,外籍家務工受害的事件不能與香港及我們的政府所設立的居住、工作條件分割,因為這些條件完全決定了我們在港的狀況。 我們如何生活、在何處及何種條件下居留、以至行動上的不自由–以上及更多的問題基本上都取決於我們的僱傭政策,例如印尼政府禁止外籍家務工在獲聘後首兩年轉換中介公司的規定,以及香港政府的「兩星期規定」及強制留宿政策。

我們呼籲外籍家務工支持Elis,一如我們支持Erwiana。

我們要求香港和印尼政府從Erwiana及Elis的事件中汲取教訓:我們的福利和生活條件是你們的責任。

Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers – Hong Kong
Press Statement
12 March 2015

For reference: Sringatin (for Cantonese)
Tel. No.: 69920878

Eni Lestari (for English)
Tel. No.: 96081475

Make the living and working condition of FDWs safe

The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB-IMA-HK) is shocked by the misfortune that befell one of our fellow foreign domestic worker (FDW) and calls for a thorough investigation on what happened.

According to information gathered, Indonesian domestic worker Elis Kurniasih BT Ahi Komarudi, went out to the balcony of the boarding house where her agency, Sun Light Employment Agency, accommodates FDWs waiting for their employment on the morning of March 11 to pray. While preparing, the concrete base of the air conditioner (A/C) fell on her and broke her backbone. She now lies in a hospital where her life is now hanging in the balance.

Elis went back to Hong Kong last March 5 to wait for the commencement of her employment after waiting for her visa to be processed. She used to work with a different employer for three years before terminating her contract and finding a new employer after which she left HK while her employment is being processed.

Elis is a member of the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers (ATKI-HK) which is an affiliate of the AMCB-IMA-HK.

What happened to her must be fully investigated and accountability and liability must be established.

Moreover, Elis’ case is just one more reason to fully look into the living and also working condition of FDWs. The case of Filipina domestic worker months ago who died while sleeping because a cabinet fell down on her head, the numerous accounts of horrid living arrangements FDWs have to contend with because of the mandatory live-in rule, and now what happened to Elis while under the supposed care and protection of agency – these are more than enough reasons for the government of Hong Kong and of sending countries like Indonesia to look into the matter of what causes the heightened vulnerability of FDWs to such a tragedy.

This should not be treated as an isolated case. Like Erwiana’s case before, it cannot be removed from the condition of life and work that policies of Hong Kong and our governments set for us for these are what shape our situation. How we live, where we stay, what kind of condition are we living in, what our movements will be – these and more are basically dictated by policies governing our deployment and employment such as the Indonesian government’s rule of not allowing a change in employment agency within the first two years of employment or by the Two-Week Rule and mandatory live-in rule by the HK government.

We call for fellow FDWs to show support to Elis much like what we’ve shown to Erwiana.

We call on the authorities of Hong Kong and Indonesia to learn lessons from what happened to Erwiana and now with Elis: our wellbeing and living conditions are your responsibility.

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