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Government workers get pay raise in this Gulf country

Posted by jaypee 169 days ago Qatar
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Doha: Qatar will raise the salaries of government employees next year in a rare spending hike by a Gulf state at a time when low oil and gas prices are weighing on state finances.


Some Qataris’ basic salaries will double, under a law to be passed in January that was published in Al Sharq newspaper late on Sunday. Salaries for non-Qataris remain the same.


Gas-rich Qat Read More

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Urgent improvements in migrant-worker management needed

Posted by jaypee 170 days ago Indonesia
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The recent fatal boat accident, which left 54 people dead, in Batam, Riau Islands, has highlighted the government’s poor management of migrant workers, a researcher has said.


International migration expert from Gadjah Mada University’s Population and Policy Study Center, Sukamdi, condemned the latest in a series of such incidents that had occurred in the past year. The Read More

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Japan quietly accepting foreign workers — just don't call it immigration

Posted by jaypee 173 days ago Japan
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Send us your construction workers, your care givers, your store clerks — but for a limited time only.


That’s the message from Japan, where the number of foreign workers, though still relatively small, has nearly doubled over the past eight years, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is considering policies to speed up arrivals.


Just don’t call Read More

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‘64.6% of female guest workers in Jordan are domestic helpers’

Posted by jaypee 174 days ago Jordan
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AMMAN — Domestic helpers constitute 64.6 per cent of all 76,473 female guest workers in Jordan, a Sisterhood Is Global (SIGI) statement said Tuesday.


Citing Department of Statistics (DoS) figures from 2015, the institute said there are 49,470 domestic helpers in Jordan, most of whom work in Amman, Irbid, Read More

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Civic groups urge Asean to strengthen labour rights | Bangkok Post: news

Posted by jaypee 174 days ago Malaysia
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KUALA LUMPUR: Industry players incurred losses over RM7.7 billion following the government’s freeze on the intake of foreign workers in February this year.


Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told the Dewan Rakyat today that the local furniture industry had incurred losses over RM6.7 billion and the plantation industry losses of over RM1 billi Read More

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Qatar announces clampdown on illegal workers

Posted by jaypee 177 days ago Qatar
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Doha: The Ministry of Interior announced a crackdown on illegal workers who failed to heed the grace period and leave the country.


The Directorate of Search and Follow up warned that violators would face stringent legal action and announced that the grace period would not be extended. 


The Ministry of Interior had announced the deadline under the provisions of law  Read More

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CNMI could lose nurses to foreign worker cap

Posted by jaypee 179 days ago New Zealand
http://www.radionz.co.nz —

The Northern Marianas could lose more than 30 nurses after a cap on foreign workers was reached just weeks into the new fiscal year.


Commonwealth Health Care said the nurses, along with several laboratory and radiology workers could be forced to leave next year now the cap on transitional non-immigrant worker visas had been reached.


It's chief executive Esther Muna said the Read More

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Immigration office denies departure of 12 migrant workers to Saudi Arabia

Posted by jaypee 180 days ago Indonesia
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Immigration authorities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport denied the departure of 12 Indonesians to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday evening because of the country’s moratorium on sending workers to Middle-Eastern countries.


“These people admitted that they were leaving to work as nurses and midwives in Riyadh, but they only had visiting visas,” Heru Santo Read More