Friday 22 September 2017

Childminder claims she was 'worked like a dog' and wealthy family only paid her €90 a week

A Brazilian au pair paid just €90 a week said she was worked 'like a dog' while living with a wealthy family. Stock Image
A Brazilian au pair paid just €90 a week said she was worked 'like a dog' while living with a wealthy family. Stock Image

Ian Begley

A Brazilian au pair paid just €90 a week said she was worked "like a dog" while living with a wealthy family.

The woman came to Dublin in 2013 to learn English, but when her six-month course ended she decided to extend her stay and take up a job minding children.

"They told me that I would be working just 10 hours a week on a part-time basis - looking after their three children and doing light house chores. I was very excited to get started and at first didn't care about being paid only €90 a week.

"When I saw my schedule I was very surprised to see that my day started at 7am and ended at 6pm. When the parents were out working I was made to look after the children and clean the entire house by myself every day. The family soon became very strict with me and asked me to do all sorts of laborious tasks.

"It was even a lot of hassle trying to get paid each week. I constantly had to remind the mother to pay me my salary because she was always late."

Her time as an au pair in Ireland ended abruptly after only three months, following a disagreement with the lady of the house.

"The mother approached me one day and told me that I had to work on my day off over the weekend. When I asked how much I would be paid she just said 'nothing'. I didn't want to work there anymore so I had no problem leaving."

She later found work as a housekeeper in a Dublin-based hotel.

"I liked working in the hotel a lot better because they paid me a minimum wage and I was treated so much better.

"Even though this family gave me a terrible experience as an au pair, it didn't ruin my impression of Ireland," she said.

Irish Independent

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