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No more window cleaning: domestic workers to march in Hong Kong after helpers die in falls from high-rises

Posted by jaypee 200 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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Domestic workers in Hong Kong will take to the streets on Sunday to call for a ban on cleaning windows, following several deaths of helpers who fell from high-rise buildings. They are also demanding a pay rise, a limit on their working hours and a clear definition of “suitable accommodation”.

Some 400 to 500 people were expe Read More


Singapore’s Foreign Domestic Workers Find Their Voices Online

Posted by jaypee 200 days ago Singapore
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The Humanitarian Organization for Migrant Economics, or “HOME,” aims to “give voice to the voiceless” in Singapore by providing a platform (a website called “MyVoice”) for migrant workers to write and upload their stories, articles, photographs, and poetry. The advocacy group also offers assistance to abused workers.

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Foreign worker growth slowing: ministry

Posted by jaypee 201 days ago Taiwan
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Ministry of Labor (MOL, 勞動部) statistics have revealed that the number of foreign workers in Taiwan increased by 15,000 in the first half of this year — the lowest increase in seven years.

According to the MOL, the total number of migrant workers in Taiwan passed 600,000 i Read More


Iran hands over 63 illegal immigrants to Pakistan

Posted by jaypee 203 days ago Iran
http://news.az — Iranian border security forces have handed over 63 Pakistani nationals to Pakistani side on Pak-Iran border in Taftan area of Balochistan province.

Pakistan border security forces said that these Pakistanis, mostly workers, had been arrested from different parts of Iran by Iranian by security forces because they were living there without valid traveling documents, IRNA reported.

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Migrant workers top 600,000: ministry

Posted by jaypee 205 days ago Taiwan
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The number of migrant workers in Taiwan in June surpassed 600,000 for the first time, despite a recent slowdown in the pace of recruitment, the Ministry of Labor said on Monday.

As of last month, 603,109 foreigners were employed as construction workers, factory workers, domestic helpers or in other manual labor, the ministry said.

These migrant workers, who come primarily Read More


Govt pledges to better protect migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 205 days ago Indonesia
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration wants the government to walk with migrant workers each step of the way, because working abroad is their way of improving their lives and the economies of their hometowns, a minister has said.

“Working abroad is a choice we must honor, respect and protect,” Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said in Kupang, E Read More


MOM sets new living condition rules for foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 209 days ago Singapore
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The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has set out new conditions that operators of factory-converted dormitories (FCDs) for housing foreign workers will have to meet, including the provision of a 'feedback channel' and wi-fi.

Starting next year, dorm-operators will have to meet the legal obligations in order to get approval to use their industrial premises for workers to live in, the MOM Read More


Construction work progress continues amid illegal workers’ arrest

Posted by jaypee 211 days ago Cambodia
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Since the start of the year, department authorities at the Ministry of Interior have arrested more than 10,000 illegal workers, with the bulk of them being construction workers. However, industry experts and investors are split on the opinions that the arrest will impinge on the development of the sector.

Meng Chamroeun, project manager of mixed-use development Olympia City, told Read More