The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care for Migrant and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) criticized the proposal of a Hong Kong politician to restrict home helpers from utilizing air-conditioning items.
Bishop Ruperto Santos, CBCP-ECMI chairman, described the transfer as discriminatory.
“Yes, it is unjust and unfair treatment. With this global warming, not to use aircons is added suffering,” he mentioned.
The Bataan prelate believed that employers ought to deal with their staff with compassion.
“As an act of compassion and fair treatment of migrant workers the employers must provide decent, humane and secured workplace for their workers. To prohibit the use of air-cons, is to limit the capability and skills of workers to work better, easier and faster,” Santos added.
Hong Kong district councilor Michael Lee proposed to restrict air con use of home helpers from tropical international locations equivalent to Philippines and Indonesia since they had been used to the recent climate.
The metropolis is one of the highest locations for Filipino family service staff (HSWs).