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More maids are changing employers when they are not given Sundays off

Published on Feb 27, 2014 8:46 AM
 
Indonesian maids (from left) Tati Jupran, 30, Triani, 26, Suharni, 28, and Wiwin Winengsih, 30, asked for a change of employers because they were not given a day off. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Disputes over days off are prompting increasing numbers of maids to end their contracts prematurely and sign up with new employers.

A check by The Straits Times with six maid agencies found that three in 10 maids at these agencies who were transferred in the last four months did so for this reason.

More maids are insisting on having Sundays off after a law ensuring they get rest days came into effect on Jan 1 last year.

All maids hired or who have their work permits renewed from that date must receive a day off each week, or pay in lieu.

 
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Background story

NEED FOR A BREAK

I want to rest and meet my friends. Ah ma cannot walk, so I have to take care of her all the
time.

– Indonesian maid Suharni, 28, who took care of a 70-year-old woman for six months