A maid took to social media complaining that her employer was going on holiday for two weeks but did not pay her salary or give her any money for food.
In a post to Facebook group FDW in Singapore (working conditions forum), the maid wrote that she was unsure about her situation and also how to ask her employers for money.
She added that in preparation for the two-week trip, her employer started telling her what she needed to do a week ago, and even “put camera to make sure I’m working while they’re away”. Though she thought the family would leave three days after she wrote the post, she noted that her female employer and two children had already left. Only her employer’s husband was still at home.
The maid said in her post that she had a letter from the Manpower Ministry (MOM) for her medical checkup but her employers did not give her any money. “who suppose to pay my medical, me or my employer?” the helper wrote.
She also said that they did not pay her salary. “i suppose to ask her today to have it advanced because they’re gone for 2weeks,but when she wake up just send the kid to school and when she come back she was in a hurry cause they need to go already”, the maid wrote.
Additionally, her employers did not give her any money for food and only bought rice. The helper wrote that she was not sure if she wanted to ask her employer’s husband who was still at home. She was afraid to talk to him lest he picks a fight with his wife, ruining their vacation.
Most of the netizens who commented on the post wrote that the maid needed to speak up and ask her employer for her salary. They added that her employers could have genuinely forgotten in their rush and said that she should have politely reminded them.
Here’s what they commented:
In September, another maid faced the same situation.
A foreign domestic worker left alone at home while her employers went on holiday asked if they need to pay for her food and salary.
In an anonymous post to popular page FDW in Singapore (working conditions forum), the maid wrote that her employer was going out of the country on holiday for two weeks. She added that she was left alone at home.
In her post on Sept 21, the helper asked if her employers were the ones who had to give her a food allowance. She also asked if she would still be paid for the two weeks she was left alone in the house.
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