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Myanmar maids in Singapore up against tough choice to fight abusive employers

Posted by jaypee 93 days ago Burma
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After facing abuse and battery at the hands of their employer, Myanmar domestic workers in Singapore are confronted with a difficult choice: stay and press charges, in often lengthy investigations that rehash their pain, or return home and relinquish any opportunity for recompense.

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New maternal and infant care course for foreign domestic workers launched

Posted by jaypee 134 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE: A new course on maternal and infant care will be open to foreign domestic workers from Dec 4, announced the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) on Monday (Nov 14).


The classes will be conducted by FAST's training provider, Aria Training and Consultancy.


It will cover topics such as child safety, wellness care, bottle fee Read More

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Civic groups urge Asean to strengthen labour rights

Posted by jaypee 135 days ago Thailand
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Civic groups are demanding stronger legal help for migrant workers after finding their access to labour rights is still being "limited" by the practices of Southeast Asian countries. The Asean Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, known as the Cebu Declaration, was ratified by Asean members in the Philippines' province of Ceb

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PH, Malaysia agree to deport thousands of illegal Filipino workers from Sabah

Posted by jaypee 136 days ago Philippines
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President Duterte has confirmed a deal with Malaysia to deport thousands of illegal Filipino workers from Sabah.


In his arrival speech at the F. Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, the President said some 7,000 illegal Filipino migrants will be gradually repatriated and that the government will intervene and provi Read More

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As at Sept 30, Malaysia had 1.85 mil legal foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 137 days ago Malaysia
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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 10): The number of legally certified foreign workers in Malaysia amounted to 1.85 million as at Sept 30 this year, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.


In a Parliamentary written reply to Segambut Member of Parliament Lim Lip Eng, the Ministry said these were the workers that hold the foreign worker permit (PLKS) issued by the Malaysia Immigration Department Read More

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Zahid: Two million foreign workers hold temporary working permits

Posted by jaypee 137 days ago Malaysia
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KUALA LUMPUR: Almost two million foreign workers are holding valid temporary working permits in the country, the Dewan Rakyat was told.


Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said a total of 1,854,684 foreign workers were holding the Temporary Employment Pass (PLKS) issued by the Immigration Department as of Sept this year.


"The highest number is from Indones Read More

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Urgent improvements in migrant-worker management needed

Posted by jaypee 142 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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Civic groups urge Asean to strengthen labour rights | Bangkok Post: news

Posted by jaypee 146 days ago Malaysia
The Asean Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migran... —

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