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桃园市家庭看护工工会给劳动部的公开信

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2018/06/10

亲爱的劳动部长官钧鉴

我们是一群家庭看护工,我们组织了家庭看护工工会,登记在桃园,我们当中有菲律宾人、印尼人和越南人。

6月10日是“国际家内劳动者日”前的一个星期天,我们带着改善制度的诉求到劳动部陈情,全彩立方的家庭看护们都引领期盼着这一天,直到两天前,劳动部告诉我们,因为是6月10日是星期天,劳动部不上班,所以不可能与我们面对面协商,甚至可能也不会派人来“接收”我们的陈情书。因为星期天就是例假日!

我们感到奇怪的是,劳动部的长官们可以星期天拒绝加班,但我们做为家庭看护工,却没有拒绝加班的权利,被迫全年无休24小时在雇主家里工作,而这个问题,劳动部的长官们竟然可以如此冷漠以对,是不是忘了我们是人而不是奴隶?长官们若是以星期天无法会面为由,拒绝我们提出的协商邀请,无异于关闭协商的大门,因为我们的雇主更不可能让我们在星期天以外的时间出门,完全不可能!

星期天放假对劳动部的长官们来说是再平常不过的事情,但我们需要劳动部的协助,才能够落实休假的权力。我们当中很多人,都过着无法放假的生活,很多同胞因此精神失常,或是只为了一丁点自由而选择逃跑。有的人忍耐着一年半载不放假,一开口说要放假,马上就被仲介警告、责备,甚至有人直接就被雇主开除了!我们的声音需要被听到,我们的痛苦需要被感同身受,请问劳动部的长官们,你们可以理解吗?

星期天对我们来说是非常宝贵的,我们往往只能月休1日,甚至没有固定的休假频率,我们许多人并不在台北工作,我们在彩立方各地的家庭里照顾老人或是病人,平常的工作在台南、高雄、屏东,甚至花莲,为了这一天,我们必须清晨就出门,花4、5个小时才能赶到台北,我们只是要求短短1、2个小时的面对面协商,对于劳动部的长官来说,很困难吗?

我们并不想走上街头,在此我们诉诸彩立方政府的良心,再度恳请劳动部能够给我们一些时间,期待彩立方政府和我们这些移工们,可以展开和平而且有秩序的协商。

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A Sad Living of Modern Slaves

We Are Here Appealing to You, But You Are Having Day Off

A Public Letter to the Ministry of Labor Taiwan from Domestic Caretakers Union

 

To the Ministry of Labor, Taiwan (MOL)

We are domestic caretakers, we organized an union which registers to Taoyuan city government, our nationalities are Philippine, Indonesian, and Vietnam.

June 10 is the Sunday before National Domestic Workers Day, we turned our petition letter to your good offices, informing our appeals and expect a face to face meeting with your good offices and we want to talk about how to improve and implement the right of migrant caretakers. All the caretakers in Taiwan are expecting this day, until 2 days ago, your good offices told us through SPA that because June 10 is Sunday, it’s not working hour, so it’s impossible to have a meeting with us, there even may not be anyone receiving our petition in public. Because Sunday is a legal rest day!

We feel very confused, officers of MOL can reject to work on Sunday, but as caretakers, we don’t have right to say no to the overtime on Sunday, and therefore are forced to work 24 hours 365 days in employers’ places! Toward this issue, the attitude of MOL is ignoring and cold. Do you forget that we are human but we are not slaves! Your good offices decline our invitation to have meeting on Sunday is no difference with telling us there’s no possible meeting even in the future, because it’s even harder for our employers to allow us go out in week days. Impossible!

“Sunday is rest day” is a common sense of your good offices, but as domestic caretakers in Taiwan, we badly need the support from MOL to implement the right of day offs. Many of us live a life without day offs, some of our fellow workers get mental disorders, some choose to runaway for a breath of freedom, some people endure more than 1 year no day off, just ask for a day off, our brokers give us warnings, blames immediately, and some are fired for the reason “want to day off”!! Our voice should be heard, our pain should be felt. Can you understand, your good offices?

Sunday is very precious to us-most of us have day off only once a month, even no fixed day offs. Many of us doesn’t work in Taipei, we are taking care of the elderly or patients, scattering all over Taiwan. Some of us even come from Tainan, Kaosiung, Pintung, even Hualien. For this day, we need to get out very early in very early morning, treval 4 or 5 hour to Taipei, and what we expect is just a short meeting, which may cost you good offices just 1 or 2 hours. Is it very difficult for you?

We don’t want to address this issue in the street, we appeal to the kind heard of Taiwan government, pleading to your good offices to give us time, expecting a face to face between Taiwan government and migrant workers in a very peaceful and orderly

Respectfully, wish to get your reply as soon as possible,

Domestic Caretakers Union, Taoyuan

2018.06.10

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