Nepalese Helpers: Exploited?
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?