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Mob arrested over maids' money misery

Posted by jaypee 72 days ago Hong Kong SAR
http://www.atimes.com — Hong Kong police believe a money lending syndicate offered loans to 1,200 Filipino domestic helpers and seized the borrowers’ passports and employment contracts as collateral

Two Hong Kong residents and eight Filipino domestic workers were arrested on loan sharking charges in a police operation on Sunday and Read More

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New contracts to protect domestic workers from high-rise window cleaning risk are no deterrent, says union

Posted by jaypee 192 days ago Hong Kong SAR
https://www.hongkongfp.com —

The Federation of Asian Domestic Workers’ Unions (FADWU) has expressed its concern over the effectiveness of new provisions aimed at protecting domestic workers from the dangers of high-rise window cleaning.


New contracts, due to roll out on January 1, will prohibit domestic workers from cleaning the exteriors of windows above the ground floor, unless grills are install Read More

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

Posted by jaypee 203 days ago Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp —

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.


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Number of foreign workers in South Korea nearing 1 million

Posted by jaypee 215 days ago Republic of Korea
http://english.hani.co.kr —

The number of foreigners employed in the South Korean labor market is nearing 1 million. Four out of 100 people working in the country are noncitizens. For the most part, foreigners employed in the country are working at small companies in poorly remunerated jobs. The increasing number of working foreigners is also having a considerable effect on wages and other labor conditions in the lo

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Foreign workers march to support law

Posted by jaypee 237 days ago Taiwan
http://www.chinapost.com.tw —

TAIPEI -- The Taiwan International Workers' Association (TIWA) said Saturday that it will take to the streets of Taipei Sunday to push for the speedy passage of a law amendment that will scrap the requirement that foreign workers must leave the country for at least one day every three years if they want to be re-hired.


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Minimum wage for Hong Kong’s domestic workers to rise 2.4 per cent to HK$4,310, but union says level is ‘not liveable’

Posted by jaypee 237 days ago Hong Kong SAR
http://www.scmp.com —

The minimum wage for domestic workers in Hong Kong will rise from HK$4,210 to HK$4,310 per month – a 2.4 per cent increase.


The raise is the same as the amount they received last year.


But domestic helpers are disappointed with the decision, having pushed for a HK$5,000 minimum salary.


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Hong Kong domestic helpers wait on wage review

Posted by jaypee 239 days ago Hong Kong SAR
http://www.scmp.com —

Workers and campaigners are pushing for the minimum salary for domestic workers to be increased by HK$790 to HK$5,000 a month, with the government expected to announce the result of a wage review in the coming days.


The minimum wage for foreign domestic workers, which is revised annually, is currently HK$4,210. The latest increase was annou Read More

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PH, China to discuss legitimization of Filipino domestic workers

Posted by jaypee 239 days ago Macau SAR
http://macaudailytimes.com.mo —

In response to the situation of up to 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers working illegally in China, a high representative from the Philippine government is set to discuss with mainland authorities the legitimization of these overseas workers.
The Macau and Hong Kong SARs long ago legalized such workers from the Philippines, Indonesia and other countries. In Macau, according to the F

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