A STANDARDISED contract that was to have spelt out minimum working and living conditions for maids here is going to be late by up to six months.
This is because the Association of Employment Agencies Singapore and the consumer watchdog Case – the two agencies charged with accrediting maid agencies – have not been able to agree on minimum standards of accommodation, food, lodging and payment.
The contract, which was to have been ready by January, is now expected to be finalised by the end of this month and implemented by June at the latest.
As to what exactly the contract will spell out, Case executive director Seah Seng Choon said on Thursday that the details still had to be ironed out.
All that is firm for now: Maids have to be given at least one day off a month, leaving the upper limit to be decided between maids and employers. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network
12 Mar 2006
From The Star online.