Nepalese Helpers: Ex­ploited?

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A sur­vey by the Union of Nepalese Do­mes­tic Work­ers has found that among 106 re­spon­dents, 45 per­cent were un­der­paid, with the low­est paid earn­ing just $1,700 a month. The le­gal min­i­mum wage for for­eign do­mes­tic work­ers is $4,210 a month.

The sur­vey also found that more than half— about 54 per­cent—of re­spon­dents did not get a full 24-hour rest day per week as re­quired by law. While for­eign do­mes­tic work­ers are en­ti­tled to statu­tory hol­i­days and a min­i­mum of seven days’ an­nual leave, 30 per­cent of re­spon­dents said their em­ploy­ers wouldn’t al­low leave, while 51 per­cent said they weren’t aware of their right to it. The union is urg­ing the govern­ment to en­force the law and to ed­u­cate Nepalese work­ers on their le­gal rights. Our take: How bad do things have to get for do­mes­tic work­ers be­fore the govern­ment does some­thing about it?

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