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Kids seen as strangers to mums:Long hours for catering and hotel working mothers 2014.05.05
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NEARLY 70 percent of women working in the catering and hotel sectors spend an hour or less with their children each day.

The Catering and Hotels Industries Employees General Union (飲食及酒店業職工總會) said last Tuesday that 30 percent of 282 women surveyed said they had less than 30 minutes with their children each day. A further 30 percent said they spent 31 minutes to an hour with their children.

Nine percent spent less than 15 minutes with their children each day or sometimes none at all.

The union said most of the women polled worked 12 hours a day. It is 65 percent higher than the 40 hours a week suggested by the International Labour Organization.

About 60 percent of the mothers said the time they spent with their children was insufficient.

The survey was conducted ahead of Mother’s Day, which falls on 11 May.

A woman said she was ashamed at not being able to spend more time with her son and daughter. The dim sum chef, surnamed Law, said she and her children usually ended their conversations after one or two sentences.“We are like strangers. It’s very painful,” Law said. About 82 percent of the respondants believe the government should set standard working hours.

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