A Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong, who was sacked by her employer after being diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer, is launching a court challenge against the alleged illegal termination of her contract.
Baby Jane Allas, 38, a single mother to five children, remains hopeful that authorities will stand up for the rights of domestic helpers and other women workers, who serve as the backbone of Hong Kong households.
“I feel lost,” said Allas, who now faces an uncertain future and has to rely on her sister’s help following the termination of her contract.
Under Hong Kong law, once sacked, a foreign worker loses his or her right to healthcare and only has two weeks to leave the city, Agence France-Presse earlier reported.
Allas’ case highlighted the types of abuse and exploitation, coupled with menial tasks and low wages, that tens of thousands of household help have to endure in the territory.
At present, there are 370,000 domestic workers in Hong Kong, mostly coming from poor areas in the Philippines and Indonesia.[icon name=”camera” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] AFP