停止打壓移民家務工,轉換工作不是罪!

亞洲移住人士聯盟
The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB)

Stop the crackdown on MDWs; change employment is not a crime!

The Asian Migrants Coordinating Body (AMCB) strongly refutes the Hong Kong Immigration’s accusation against foreign domestic workers as ‘job-hoppers’ and condemn the unfair decision to deny 355 visa applications in January and February 2021. This is clear discrimination, stigmatisation, and crackdown amidst COVID-19 against over 350,000 foreign domestic workers who contribute significantly to Hong Kong people, economy, and government.

亞洲移住人士聯盟強烈駁斥香港入境處對移民家務工「跳工」的指控,更譴責其在2021年1至2月間拒絕355個簽證申請的決定。這是明顯的歧視和誣蔑,更是在2019冠狀病毒疫情其間,對為香港人民、經濟和政府作出了重要貢獻的超過350,000移民家務工的打壓。

This is a crackdown on powerless and impoverished migrant domestic workers who had been hit hard by the pandemic. This is clearly modern-day slavery. What they are saying is that as domestic workers in Hong Kong, our rights and dignity do not matter. These malicious accusations of ‘job-hopping’ continue to force MDWs to keep silent about their complaints regarding their working conditions. They are forced to just accept what the employers want them to do, because if they complain, it will cost them their livelihood.

這是對因疫情打擊而被陷於弱勢及貧困的移民家務工的打壓。這明顯就是現代奴役。它們在說的就是,作為移民家務工,我們的權利及尊嚴完全不被理會。這種「跳工」的惡毒指控繼續去迫使移民家務工難以就他們的工作環境作出投訴而被迫沉默。他們被迫接受任何他們的僱主對他們的指令,因為如他們作出投訴,就會令他們失去生計。

The alleged statements by the Immigration that MDWs are accepting offers by agencies of HK$1000-2000 to ‘job-hoppers’ or that MDWs purposely do bad work so they can be terminated are ridiculous, as no MDW is willing to lose two to three months livelihood just for a fourth of their salary. Migrants are usually breadwinners of our poverty-stricken families at home. MDWs cannot afford to terminate contracts, when we regularly earn at least HK$4,630 every month. We would not risk our family’s livelihood for so little.

入境處所指稱,移民家務工會接受中介公司1,000至2,000獎金而「跳工」,或為了中止合約而刻意地工作表現差劣,完全荒謬。沒有移民家務工會只為了月薪的四份一而失去兩至三個月的生計。移民家務工大多是我們貧困的家庭的收入支柱。移民家務工每月最少都可賺取4,630港元,根本負擔不起中止合約。我們不會只為少量金錢而危害我們的家庭的生計。

Obviously, the Immigration Department, anti-migrant legislator Elizabeth Quat, and select employers groups who are pushing accusations of ‘job-hopping’ are out of touch with reality. Their accusations continue to burden many Hong Kong families who wish to hire an MDW who is already in Hong Kong as to limit the risk of the pandemic and avoid added expense of bringing a worker from overseas.

明顯地,推進「跳工」指控的入境處,針對移民家務工的葛珮帆立法會議員,及部份僱主組織,完全與現實脫節。他們的指控加重了許多香港家庭的負擔,這些家庭因希望減低疫情風險和省卻從外聘請移民家務工來港的附加費用,而希望聘請已在港的移民家務工而已。

AMCB urges the Immigration Department to stop discriminating MDWs, to stop tagging MDWs as ‘job-hoppers’, and stop punishing them by denying employment visas. Instead Immigration should investigate the reality that migrant domestic workers face in their working conditions. Non-MDWs are entitled to humane working conditions and living wage, such that they can terminate their contracts and find a new employer if their working conditions are not good. Why cannot MDWs have the same rights? When we stand up for our rights and voice out our concerns, we are at risk of being accused of ‘job-hopping’ and sent back home. This fear forces many MDWs to accept a slave wage and slave-like working conditions.

亞洲移住人士聯盟強烈要求入境處停止歧視移民家務工,停止標籤移民家務工「跳工」,及停止以拒絕工作簽證來懲罰他們。反之,入境處應要認真調查了解移民家務工的工作環境的真實情況。除了移民家務工,其他人都可享有較人性的工作條件及生活工資,如他們的工作條件不理想,就可以中止僱傭合約及另覓僱主。為何移民家務工不可享有同樣權利?當我們起來爭取我們的權利及發聲表達我們的關注時,我們需要面對被指控為「跳工」而被遣反原居地。這種恐懼迫使許多移民家務工接受奴隸般的工資和工作環境。

We will not take this sitting down. We care for Hong Kong families but the Hong Kong government continues to refuse to care for us. We have been bearing the brunt of this pandemic, wherein many of us have been made to work more hours, been denied our rest days, and treated badly. In response, we will hold an online speak out on Wednesday 31 March to protest against this injustice and share the reality of MDWs.  Expect more protests in the future. ###

我們不會就坐著而接受這些。我們關顧著香港的家庭,但香港政府卻繼續拒絕關顧我們。我們已深受這永疫情的打擊,我們許多都需工作更長時間,不能享有休息日外出,及被惡劣對的。為了回應這一切,我們將在3月31日(星期三)舉行網上發聲活動,向這不公義作出抗議及分享移民家務工所面對的現實情況。將來亦會有更多抗議行動###

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