What are you going to do if your employer asks you to clean the outside windows of your flat located on the 42nd floor?
We’ve already heard a lot of domestic helpers, particularly in Hong Kong doing this risky job. Another Filipina domestic helper in Hong Kong was asked by her employer to clean the outside portion of the windows of their flat just by stepping in a temporary bamboo structure.
At first, the Filipina said her, no, knowing the rights that she has especially during these instances.
But her young and ecstatic employer becomes eager to convince her. What she did is showed that it is entirely safe to clean the windows by stepping outside herself. She even jokingly asked her Filipina maid to take a picture of her while cleaning the windows from outside and just stepping on a temporary bamboo structure.
The Filipina helper got convinced and did what she asked.
But if you come to think of it, the activity is fairly illegal as per the Hong Kong’s Standard Employment Contract.
According to the said contract, foreign domestic helpers are not allowed to do this risky chore, this is pertaining to cleaning the windows of a flat from the outside unless the flat is located in the ground level or a terrace or permanent platform is visible.
FDH are only allowed to clean from the inside, without any parts of their body extending outside the flat’s windows.
Domestic helpers must take note of this regulation.