MOM wants to hear your thoughts on Days Off for Helpers

The Ministry of Manpower is collating feedback on the day off issue for migrant domestic workers. Please email them at mom_fmmd@mom.gov.sg to show your support for a weekly day off guaranteed by law.

I’m working on my letter, and will post it in full on the blog as well as emailing it to MOM, but I want to call on my readers, particularly my local readers to help us convince MOM that Helpers deserve a day off every week.

This is becoming a highly contested issue here in Singapore.  The Straits Times has published letters recently against and in favor of giving helpers a mandatory day off.  Here are more in favor letters, here , and here.      Here are more anti letters, and here.  I’ve missed a number of them, and the comments section of practically all of them are skewed VERY anti days off for reasons that tend to boil down to me, me, me.

If you live here in Singapore, or ever have, now is not the time to be silent.  Help speak out for those who have no voice.

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6 Responses to MOM wants to hear your thoughts on Days Off for Helpers

  1. Subrind says:

    Sundays off, iis good for maids to have offday. Sunday is off day for foreign workers ( mostly single males) also and there is better chance to meet. The emotional and physical needs of maids is only through something like this.

    • Crystal says:

      Personally I don’t care what day B takes off. But Sunday’s are conveinent for everyone–R is home to provide additional support, and B is active in her church. It’s also the day her friends get off (when they have days off) and that allows her to hang out with friends. If she were to choose to look for a relationship beyond that, that’s entirely her business, and I would wish her the best.

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  4. caroline wendt says:

    how about us who are n0t covered by the january 1 day offs?do we have rights to ask our employer?they let us sign a job sc0pe,with n0 day off for 2 years,but this dec.they gve me 1 day off per m0nth,onwards,can i have a weekly rest days too?

    • The mandatory weekly day off only applies to contracts signed after Jan 1, 2013, sadly. You’re absolutely within your rights to ask your employer to change your contract, but they are under no legal obligation to do so.

      I’m very sorry…I feel that we have a great deal to learn with regards to how we treat FDW’s in this country.

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