THREE civil society groups have joined hands to campaign for foreign domestic workers here to be given a regular day off.
The National Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) Singapore, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home) on Tuesday launched a year-long publicity campaign, calling on employers to give their maids at least one day off a month.
Their efforts centre around a campaign website which, when launched on May Day, will give advice on how employers can give their maids time off and a list of social activities that such workers can take up on their rest day.
On days when I wake up super early, I see the maids in my neighbourhood washing their damn employer's car! What's up with that?! As though cleaning the house, cooking for the family, taking care of the pets/children/elderly in the house isn't enough!
Rod Monteiro and The Married Men invited listeners to call in and give their thoughts. This woman called in and they kept her on air for quite a bit. She was totally against the idea of maids having the day off. Her reason? Maids are having sex with Bangladeshi workers!! You know what? Let's do the same thing to our teenagers! They are having sex too right?
For crying out loud man...that's the stupidest reason for not giving someone an off day. So what if a maid wants to have sex. Don't you?? It just doesn't make sense. All of a sudden, sex is wrong. Sex is taboo. Give me a f#@king break!
What will you do if your employer didn't give you an off day? Would you keep quiet and carry on your work? I sure as hell wouldn't!
I applaud all the maids in Singapore. You deserve better and I hope more is done for you soon!