A Filipino domestic helper was allegedly forced by her employer to clean the window of an apartment located on the 19th floor.
According to Nerie R. Mier, she was feeling sick and dizzy while doing the cleaning so she decided to take a video of herself just in case something bad happens to her.
Assistant Labor Attache Antonio R. Villafuerte didn’t take a blind eye on the matter and filed a case at the Labour Tribunal towards the female employer who forced the domestic helper to clean the window from the outside. This is a clear violation of her contract and her rights as well.
It can be recalled that in 2017, cleaning of windows from outside of a high-rise building is banned.
“So, this is the implementation. This is the test case and the first case (since the ban),” says Villafuerte.
Mier first arrived in Hong Kong last February 10, 2018. She works as a domestic helper for a household in Parkview housing estate at Repulse Bay.
“Her fellow Filipino worker taught her how to clean the window. After that, she was the one who did that job,” says Villafuerte.
Because of fear of losing her job, the domestic helper was forced to comply with the demands of her employer despite the fear that she was feeling.
“I (had) no choice because I (was) still new and I (was) afraid that I will be terminated that early,” says Mier.
Around 5:30 in the afternoon, her employer asked her to clean the window, “opposite the dining table,” from the outside.
“I told her (I would) clean it later because it (was) very humid outside at that time (but) she insisted…because her husband wants it to be clean,” says the Filipina.
On the next day, her employer once again asked to clean the windows “opposite the boys’ study room”.
“I (was) afraid so I resisted…because I (was) not feeling well and felt so dizzy. I told her of my feeling but she insisted,” says Mier. “Because of her insistence, I decided to take a video of my cleaning so that, in case something happens to me, at least my family would know what really happened,” she added.
The video where she can be seen cleaning the window was sent to her husband who also sent it to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). The case was further reported to the Labour Department and her employer terminated the contract.
See clip below