What are you going to do if your employer fails to pay your wages?
A Filipina domestic helper is going through all means to find her previous employer who owes her unpaid wages amounting to $8,000 as well as air ticket and a month of salary in line of notice.
The Filipina Maricel Ulay is searching for her employer Chu Wa-cheum who didn’t appear at the hearing at the Labour Tribunal last July 16 following the helper’s claims.
It is said that the Filipina helper waited for her employer to appear in the court but he was nowhere to be found. Additionally, Presiding Officer G.T. Lung couldn’t proceed with the case as the defendant couldn’t be found. They have sent a court notice to the address which was given by Ulay but the letter was just returned to the Tribunal.
According to Ulay, the address that she wrote was also written in the employment contract given with Chu. The court advised Ulay to find her previous employer so they can hand over the notice.
Currently, Judge Lung withdrew the claims of Ulay until the location of Chu gets determined.
Ulay said that after four months working with the Chu, her contract got terminated as she was made to work illegally in her launder shop.
A non-profit organization, Mission for Migrant Workers, helped in finding the location of the laundry shop where Ulay worked through Google Maps. Ulay claims that she didn’t know the street name but knew the minibus number as well as the route.
They are hoping to find the laundry shop soon so the court order will be sent to the location and the case will proceed.