Domestic workers gather in Central, Hong Kong, on a Sunday. Photo: Asia Times
Domestic workers gather on their rest day in Central, Hong Kong. Photo: Asia Times

Philippine authorities revealed that 6,034 employers of domestic workers in Hong Kong have been blacklisted following complaints by workers of labor infringements, poor conditions and violations of personal rights, with 57 added in the past year alone.

Labor attache Jalilo Dela Torre said the Filipino workers complained of inadequate accommodation standards, a lack of rest and inferior food, while some employers were said to have made false accusations. Employers with a record of frequently terminating employment, refusing to settle a  worker’s last salary or failing to pay for a return flight to the Philippines are also on the list kept by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).

Listed employers cannot hire a Filipino domestic worker unless they go to the authority to disprove the accusations against them. Dela Torre said their name would be taken off the list if they could present contrary evidence.

“There is due process. We get not just on the side of the worker,” he told

The POLO began the list in 2006 after popular Cantopop singer Jacky Cheung Hok-yau accused his domestic worker, Preslyn Catacutan, of stealing a letter and three photos from him. His name was included on the list when it was discovered he had had 21 domestic helpers in just three years.


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