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Monday, August 28, 2017

In Spite of Ban, OFW is Seen Cleaning Windows of High-Rise Building in Hong Kong

Working as Domestic Helpers in a foreign country is not an easy job. There are times that a worker is instructed to a work that already risks her life. Take for example this OFW in Hong Kong who puts her life in danger by cleaning window panes from a high-rise building.  In a Facebook post of Elpie Leba, a Hong Kong based-OFW, she shared some pictures of fellow OFW who is cleaning window panes in Grand Garden Building in South Bay.  In the photos, you can see how hard for the worker to clean the window with one hand while her other hand is holding inside to support her body not to fall.

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Working as Domestic Helpers in a foreign country is not an easy job. There are times that a worker is instructed to a work that already risks her life. Take for example this OFW in Hong Kong who puts her life in danger by cleaning window panes from a high-rise building.

In a Facebook post of Elpie Leba, a Hong Kong based-OFW, she shared some pictures of fellow OFW who is cleaning window panes in Grand Garden Building in South Bay.

In the photos, you can see how hard for the worker to clean the window with one hand while her other hand is holding inside to support her body not to fall.

Read: OFW in Hong Kong? Here are 10 Things to Know About Racial Discrimination Ordinance


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She is cleaning window without even body harness to protect her in case she slipped.

What she is doing is indeed dangerous.

Window cleaning is no longer part of domestic helpers duties in Hong Kong as policy takes effect October last year.

This is stipulated in all new contracts of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong saying cleaning the exterior of windows of their employer’s flat is not part of their duties."


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The policy is based on the mandates of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III to protect Filipino workers.

There are more than 320,000 foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong, according to the latest available data and half of them Filipinos.

Window cleaning ban for Filipino domestic workers is implemented after several maids have plunged to their death over the past few years after cleaning windows of high-rise apartment building.


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