No pre-termination of job contracts in HK yet

August 28, 2010 11:31 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 28 — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Saturday said there have yet been no pre-termination of employment contracts of Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong.

“Except for one case that was reported to us, where her contract was properly terminated and she was paid the benefits due her, we have not received any report from our labor attaches of any pre-termination of employment contracts for any Filipino domestic helpers,” Baldoz said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.

The Filipina involved has since contacted other recruitment agencies in Hong Kong and opted to stay with a relative while waiting to be placed again in another job.

Baldoz said in case of any abrupt pre-termination of contracts or unilateral termination of employment by Hong Kong employers, the labor and welfare offices based in Hong Kong will be ready to process them and have them returned to the country.

“To our countrymen in Hongkong, let us just respect the emotions of the Hongkong nationals who are outraged by the hostage-taking and death of their fellow citizens. If we put ourselves in their shoes, we might do the same (stage protests to let off steam),” Baldoz said. (PNA)

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