移民家務工現正面對兩種病毒: 2019冠狀病毒 和社會性歧視及排斥病毒MDWs are now facing 2 types of virus: COVID-19 and the social virus of discrimination and exclusion.

文:亞洲移住人士聯盟 asian migrants coordinating body (amcb-ima)

 

August 9 (Sunday), Hong Kong police rounded-up the Central in Hong Kong, Tsueng Kwan O and other places where foreign domestic workers spend their day-off. They fined uncertain numbers of foreign domestic workers for violating Cap 599 (g), which prohibit no more than 2 people to gather together in public. Such actions of the police connote discrimination fanning unfounded accusation that foreign domestic workers are virus spreader.

89日(星期日),香港警察在中環、將軍澳及其他外籍家務工在休息日逗留的地方進行圍剿。他們以觸犯禁止公眾地方二人聚集的599(G)章法例為由,向外籍家務工發出罰款通知,被控的人數仍未確定。這些行動隱含及搧動了外籍家務工為病毒傳播者的無根據指控。

Since the very start of the pandemic crisis the more than 350,000 of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong is not in the agenda of Hong Kong government for service and protection. Worse, the Hong Kong government eyed the thousands of foreign domestic workers as mere threat that can worsen the effect of pandemic to the community.

自疫情開始,香港政府並沒有重視在港的三十五萬外籍家務工,為他們提供服務及保障。更差的是,香港政府只視數十萬的外籍家務工為一個可導致疫情在社區惡化的威脅。

Based on our experience and of our observation foreign domestic workers generally follow the Hong Kong government’s guidelines on public gathering, social distancing and wearing of face masks. Though we do not discount that there are few who disobey as much as some local people and non-domestic workers do. This despite the absence of suitable spaces for foreign domestic workers to spend their day-offs. Every Sunday and other public holidays thousands of foreign domestic workers found no choice but to take their rest days in foot bridges, under the bridges, road pavement, MTR stations and other open spaces while maintaining the social distancing and other preventive measures imposed by the Hong Kong government.

根據我們的經驗和觀察,外籍家務工大多都依循香港政府就公眾地方聚集的指引,保持社交距離和配帶口罩。雖然缺乏適合的空間讓外籍家務工渡過他們的休息日,但我們亦不會忽視有小數亦會如其他本地人和非家務工一樣沒有遵守指引。每逢星期日及其他勞工假期,成千上萬的外籍家務工均沒有選擇地須於行人天橋上、天橋底、行人路、地下鐵路站及其他公共空間渡過他們的休息日,而亦有遵從香港政府施行的措施,保持社交距離及其他防疫措施。

Hong Kong police ordering on Sunday the foreign domestic workers to go home at 5pm to vacate their place of stay is not only violative of our rights but also discriminatory, singling out the FDWs. Hong Kong police should know that FDWs are given with 24 hours rest day and if FDWs went home early they will be obliged to work. HK police should further understand that based on the report it is the employers who infected the foreign domestic workers of COVID19 virus and not the other way around.

在星期日,香港警察命令外籍家務工需於下午五時離開他們逗留的地點,並不單只侵犯了我們的權利,更是針對外籍家務工的歧視。香港警察應該知道外籍家務工可享有連續二十四小時的法定休息日,及如外籍家務工提早回家就可能被迫需要工作。香港警察更應該知道,根據新聞報導及衛生防護中心的報告,有外籍家務工被僱主傳染2019冠狀病毒,外籍家務工感染僱主則未有見聞。

Thus, we call on the Hong Kong government that instead of singling out the foreign domestic workers and fanning unfounded accusations that FDWs are stubborn and virus spreader. The Hong Kong government should include FDWs in the provision of support, assistance and economic relief that includes safe haven while they are waiting for visa and facing cases. Ensure that FDWs will exercise and safely spend their right to day-off and not put in further vulnerability.

因此,我們要求香港政府與其針對外籍家務工、煽動他們是固執和病毒傳播者的無根據指控。香港政府應要包括外籍家務工在支援及經濟援助之中,這些支援應該包括為正在等候簽證和有個案處理中的外籍家務工,提供安全庇護所。更應確保外籍家務工在休息日可以行使休息的權利,平安地渡過休息日,而不是把他們置於更易受侵犯的情況之中。

The Hong Kong government should further improve its policies that include foreign domestic workers in their national agenda of addressing the impact of pandemic crisis to Hong Kong society. Only if the rights and welfare of foreign domestic workers are upheld, their safety and protection are ensured the household that they are serving will surely be safe and protected. ####

香港政府應進一步改善它的政策,在香港社會受疫情影響的整體應對中包括外籍家務工。只有在外籍家務工的權利和福祉得以伸張,他們的安全和保障得以確保,他們所服務中的家庭就必會是安全及受保障的。

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