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NO! TO LABOR EXPORT POLICIES
MIGRANT WORKERS ARE HUMAN BEINGS, NOT COMMODITIES!
DOMESTIC WORK IS WORK, WOMEN’S WORK IS WORK!
SCRAP NCS AND 2 WEEK RULE!
USE THE EMPLOYERS’ LEVY AS COMPENSATION FUND FOR FDWs!
Join the CMR Rally on the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) on 26 October 2008 (Sunday). 12:00 – 1:30 PM Mobile Picket at East Point Road, Causeway Bay. 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Silent March with “3-Step, One Bow” going to the Indonesian Consulete.
We, the members of the Coalition for Migrants’ Rights (CMR) representing Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, Nepalese, Sri Lankan and other migrant nationalities in Hong Kong have come together to air our voice to th 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) wich will be held on 28-29 October, in Manila, Philipines.
GFMD is in inter- governmental forum that aims to “maximize the gains” of migration. Instead of protecting and promoting the human right of migrant workers the GFMD promotes temporary, vulnerable labor migration and making the migrants bear the burden of development, reducing the government responsibility and accountability and ensuring more profits for companies.
Migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong contribute about 1% of the country’s GDP. Deposite Hong Kong’s adherence to international standards, boasting a world-class society and ethics, yet, we are treated like beggars and slaves who are made to work on average 16 hours each day, paid less, and subjected to dehumanizing conditions and various forms of discriminations, Our low-paid, marginalized and abused status is a grave injustice; it reflects HK”s disrespect of the human rights, social status and dignity of women migrants and domestic workers.
The governments claims that they are after the right and welfare of migrant workers, however, migration policies and practices are lrgerly discriminatory and exploitative, and therefore fail to protect migrants’ human right as weel as as cause, reinforce, or intensify gender, class and systematic abuses. Migration and development policies should be buil upon the priciples of human security with dignity, justice and equality for all.
We therefore demand the following migrant workers’ rights and labor policies rteform based on the principles laid out in the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development and the core United Nations (UN) and International Labor Organization (ILO) standards and convention:
1. In the past three years, the HK government increased the salary of FDWs of HK$50 in 2005; HK$80 in 2006; HK$80 in 2007; and HK$100 in June 2008 bringing the minimum Allowble Wage of FDWs up to HK$ 3,580. But these raised isstill insufficient to make-up for previous wage cuts. Therefore, CMR demands to bring back the MAW to the previous HK$ 3,860/month.
2. No to Discrimination, Scrap the NCS and 2-week rule. The exclusion of the immigration policies
In the Anti-Racial Discrimination Bill manifests the discriminatory treatmentof FDWs. For over a
decade now,CMR members have campaigned for the scrapping of the NCS which puts the FDWs
In a disadvantage and discriminatory situation as women and as foreigners.The NCS applies only
to FDWs and not for all professional and expatriates, and disqualifies FDWs from gaining reside
ncy and from reuniting with their families tolive with them in Hong Kong. Therefore,the NCS vio
lates CEDAW, CERD and ICESCR which is inconsistent with the principles of the Equal Opportu
nities Commission promoting racial harmony in Hong Kong.
3. End overcharging by Recruitment Agencies. We are calling the Hong Kong goverment to look after those recruitment agencies that abused migrant workers by collecting exorbitant fees. The underpayment problem of FDWs start from recruitment agencies, therefore, we call for the affective punishment of exploitative placement agencies, abusive employer and illegal recruiters.
4. Migrant representation in Economic Development, Migration and other Policy Reforms. CMR advocates for the implementation of migrant savings, economic development and reintegration programs to prepare migrants for their return home and make them direct participants in the development process. We firmly believe that migrant workers, local workers, and undocumented workers are all entitled to the same basic rights enshrined in the United Nation Declaration on the Right to Development.
CMR continued to reach out tour fellow migrants, women and allied trade unions and NGOs, church based organizations and local workers to resist and struggle against these exploitative migration and development agendas of the GFMD. We shall continue to strengthen our global solidarity and intervene at the GFMD and all international for a dealing with migration. The recommendations we have laid out are essential to the livelihood of migrant workers that we should fight for and sustained for the benefit of all.
Signed: CMR Members- Indonesian Migrant Workers Union ( IMWU ), Thai Women Association ( TWA ), Nepalese Domestic Workers Union ( NDWU ), Far East Overseas Nepalese Association ( FEONA ), Coalition of Indonesian Migrant Workers Hong Kong ( KOTKIHO ), Filipino Domestic Workers Union ( FDWU ), Indian Domestic Workers Association,Association of Sri Lankas in Hong Kong.