Migrants Fight for Living Wage and System Changes that serves all the Exploited 移工爭取生活工資,及與一切被剝削者共同爭取制度改變

Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB)
A founding member of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) and with members from Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines. Sri Lanka and Thailand
亞洲移居人士聯盟(亞移聯)
亞移聯是國隙移民聯盟的創始成員之一,而亞移聯的成員包括了來自印尼,尼泊爾,菲律賓,斯里蘭卡及泰國的移民組織。

15 September 2019
2019年9月15日

Press Release
新聞稿

Unite and Struggle for Living Wage of Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong
結連爭取在港不同種族家務工(移工)的生活工資

MDWs from Indonesia, Thailand. Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Philippines gather today at the Department of Labour in Sheung Wan to assert their call for just and decent living wage in Hong Kong in the wake of the annual government review of the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW).
來自印尼,泰國,尼泊爾,斯里蘭卡及菲律賓的移工,在香港政府即將對移工最低可接受工資作年度檢討的時候,今天在上環的勞工處結聚並力陳他們就公義及體面的生活工資的要求。

While it is true that the Labour Department’s Labour & Welfare Bureau calls for a consultation with migrants’ organizations and non-government service providers every year, the concerns raised by these groups particularly on rightful increase in wages as well as improved policies for their rights and welfare are ignored, evidence of which was clear in last year’s HK$110 MAW increase and HK$22 food allowance.
雖然勞工處僱員權益科的確每年都會咨詢移工組織及民間服務機構,但這些團體所提出的意見,尤其是合理的工資調升及政策改善的建議,都經常被忽視。去年最低可接受工資調升的110元,及膳食津貼調升的22元足可證明。

Despite their significant contribution to the social, cultural, political and economic development of Hong Kong, the current monthly MAW of HK$4,520 clearly falls on slave wage level. The Hong Kong Government remains apathetic to the basic needs of MDWs who have difficulty coping with inflation goods, utilities and services in Hong Kong at the same time struggling to provide for the needs of their families back home.
雖然移工對香港的社會、文化、政治和經濟發展都有可觀的貢獻,然而移工現時被規定的最低可接受工資仍只有每月$4,520,仍是一種奴工的薪資。移工要面對香港各種貨物、設施和服務的通漲,同時又要掙扎著去供養她們在家鄉的家人。可是,香港政府對於移工的基本生活需要仍是麻木不仁。

It’s about time to recognize the dignity and value of domestic work as MDWs and demand a humane living wage. Based on Oxfam’s December 2018 study on the living wage level in Hong Kong which they pegged at HK$54.70/hour, the MAW level of MDWs should be no less than HK$5,894/month. This should apply both to local and migrant live in domestic workers.
現在該是時候去確認家務工這個工種和移工的尊嚴和價值,並去爭取人道的生活工資。根據樂施會在2018年12月做的,一份有關生活工資調查,香港的生活工資應該大約定於每小時港幣$54.70。據此,移工的最低可接受工資應為每月港幣$5,894。生活工資應該要對本地及移工的家務工人俱予實施。

We believe that “with a living wage, workers and their families should be able to afford a basic, but decent, life style that is considered acceptable by society at its current tevel of economic development Workers and their families should be able to live above the poverty level, and be able to participate in social and cultural life.”
我們相信「生活工資應該是令工人和他們的家庭可以負擔一個基本而合理的生活方式,而這個基本而合理的程度是以該社會當時的經濟發展而釐定。工人及其家庭應該可以在貧窮線以上生活,以及可以參與社會和文化生活。」

Thus we demand for the Hong Kong government to: Raise the MAW to HK$5,894 to meet the living wage in HK; Implement an 11-hour uninterrupted rest plus meal breaks stipulated in the standard employment contract (SEC); Ensure decent accommodation for MDWs and stipulate in the SEC the unsuitable accommodations such as toilet, kitchen, hallway, cupboard, warehouse, living room and other unsafe and unhealthy forms of accommodation.
因此,我們要求香港政府:提高最低可接受工資至每月港幣$5,894去與香港的生活工資看齊;在標準僱傭合約中設立十一小時無間斷的休息及膳食時段;確保移工們能有的合理居所,亦即不是標準僱傭合約中所指明的不合適居所,例如廁所、廚房、走廊、櫃頂、倉庫、客廳,及其他不安全及不健康的居住形式。

We vow to continue the struggle for a living wage and the rights of workers. At the same time we shall continue to build our unity and strength in the migrant domestic worker’s movement and work with the exploited workers in Hong Kong and all over the world in pushing for changes that will establish a structure and system that serves the majority and not only the capitalists and exploiting classes.
我們誓會為工人的生活工資和權利而鬥爭下去。同時,我們會繼續建立我們在移工運動中的團結和力量,與香港及世上所有被剝削的工人同進退,去把各種社會系統和結構轉變為對大多數人有利,而非只傾斜於大商家和剝削階級。

Long live international solidarity!
國際結連共行長存!

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