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Migrant domestic workers already granted fair labour conditions despite exclusion from minimum wage – Gov’t

Macau Business, China, 14 July 2022 - Macau SAR authorities have justified to the United Nations Human Rights Committee the exclusion of non-resident domestic helpers from minimum wage requirements on the grounds that such workers “do not help families to make profits” and that local labour authorities already assure such workers can receive “fair labour conditions”.

From July 13 to 15, the Macau SAR will be undergoing a review by the UN Human Rights Committee, including three sessions of two hours each.

A new Labour Relations Law enforced in November 2020 for the first time established a minimum MOP6,656 per month wage to resident workers and non-resident workers, with the exception of domestic helpers and workers suffering from disabilities.

In its official reply to the committee, the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) said that it would adjust its remuneration reference indicators in time when approving the applications for non-resident workers to ensure their wage levels.

Shuichi Furuya, vice-chair of the committee pressured the Macau delegation on the difference established between resident and non-resident domestic helpers

“Could you please explain why domestic workers are treated in a different matter? The basic law literally says that there can’t be discrimination on any ground such as race, ethnicity or social origin. Can you explain this disparity?” Furuya asked.

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Source: https://www.macaubusiness.com/migrant-domestic-workers-already-granted-fair-labour-conditions-despite-exclusion-from-minimum-wage-govt/

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