4 ‘abandoned’ workers aided by Consulate after dispute with employer
Four Filipina domestic workers were assisted by Philippine consular officials on Friday after they reported being abandoned by their employer in their flat near Stanley.
Welfare Officer Virsie Tamayao of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration told Hong Kong News that the four workers had wanted to resign from their female employer immediately but she has not shown in the span of 24 hours.
A police spokesperson also said that they received a report around 11:54 a.m. on June 4 seeking help to settle a dispute between four workers and their no-show employer in Regalia Bay.
Three of them have already settled dues with the employer before resigning. In fear of violating the law, they sought assistance from representatives of the Philippine Consulate.
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After reported approval from the Consul General, Tamayao and Arnel de Luna of the Consulate’s Assistance to Nationals Section went to the flat where the workers stayed.
In a Facebook post on Saturday morning, Tamayao said Stanley Police Station officers cooperated with them to help the four workers to leave their employer’s home.
The Philippine welfare officer also asked Hong Kong’s Labour Department for advice before pushing through with helping the workers.
The four are currently staying in agency-provided housing in North Point.