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Domestic workers need their days off too

Transient Workers Count Too invites you to a forum discussion on Saturday 15 October 2011

About one in every five families employs a maid. We depend on them to keep our households running smoothly, care for our elderly, look after our children.

Is it disruptive for them to be away from your home for as long as 24 hours as frequently as every week? How would we cope with balancing our work obligations with our family responsibilities? Would it cause difficulties in our family relationships, stresses at the workplace, and limit our social lives? Would your maid learn bad habits or place your family at risk if she has a regular day off?

Or would she be a better worker, rested and enthusiastic, grateful and happy to work for you, unwilling to jeopardise things by causing problems?

Most employers agree their maid should have rest time. But there are many views about when this should be, where, and what you need to cope with it. Is there enough support from the government? Can it provide more facilities? And would you even want to complicate your life with having to incorporate a day off into your weekly family routine.

We are keen to hear from you, to find out your challenges and fears, and your personal viewpoints about the day off. We would like to cordially invite you to join us for a discussion session, chaired by senior academic Dr Lai Ah Eng. Help us to understand your needs better. You’ll be joined by other employers who want their views to be known.

Date | Sat 15 October 2011

Time | 3.00 to 5.00pm

Venue | Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations, Training Room 3, 96 Waterloo St

Directions | See map. Closest MRT: Bras Basah (Circle line) or Bugis (East-West Line)

Moderator | Dr Lai Ah Eng, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, NUS

RSVP | Email [email protected] by Friday 7 October 2011

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