Filipino workers not treated unfairly in HK after hostage tragedy: official
2010-August-31 Source: China View website
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Overseas Filipino workers have not been despised or treated unfairly in Hong Kong after the tragic bus hijack in Manila left eight Hong Kong tourists dead, said an official of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Monday (Aug 30).

The Consul General of the Philippines in Hong Kong has clarified that some reports from Filipino media saying two Filipino housemaids had been fired by their Hong Kong employers because of the hijack incident were completely untrue, said Matthew Cheung, the secretary for labor and welfare.

"The dismissals had nothing to do with the Manila incident," said Cheung, who also pointed out the number of complaints about Filipino housemaids received by the Labor Department witnessed no significant change in the week after the tragedy.

"It shows that the relationship between employers and employees has not been influenced at all."

Describing Filipino housemaids as "important labor force" contributing a lot to the society, Cheung said Hong Kong employers were "quite rational".

On August 23, a former sacked Filipino police officer who wanted to get his job back hijacked a bus with 21 Hong Kong tourists on board. The crisis, lasting for about 11 hours, ended in a botched rescue attempt, leaving 8 tourists dead and 7 injured. The hostage-taker was also killed.

Up to now, there are about 150,000 Filipinos working in Hong Kong, including 130,000 housemaids.

Editor: Miranda
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