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Reducing reliance on foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 57 days ago Malaysia
http://www.thestar.com.my —

PETALING JAYA: The freeze on the hiring of foreign workers from February reveals how reliant Malaysia’s economy is on low-wage labour for growth.


A rough calculation by Malaysian Palm Oil Association chief executive Datuk Makhdzir Mardan showed that in 2013, when the plantation industry had a shortage of 23,500 workers, th Read More

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Pakistan domestic workers demand legal recognition

Posted by jaypee 58 days ago Pakistan
http://www.ucanews.com —

Female domestic workers took to the streets of the Pakistan city of Lahore on April 28, in a rally to mark Labor Day and to demand the government give them workers' rights enshrined in law.


At least 150 workers and activists, marched on the Lahore Press Club holding signs that read "better wages our right" and "we are laborers," blocking traffic for more than an hour.

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‘Interior’ working to solve problem of absconding domestic workers

Posted by jaypee 59 days ago Kuwait
http://www.arabtimesonline.com —

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: Ministry of Interior is working on solving the problem of absconding domestic workers after their numbers have increased to a panicking figure exceeding 53,000, reports Al-Anba daily quoting security sources.


Indicating that arrest warrants have been issued against the absconders, the sources revea Read More

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Foreign workers being lured here for non-existent jobs a concern, say NGOs

Posted by jaypee 61 days ago Singapore
http://www.todayonline.com —

SINGAPORE — He forked out S$13,500 to pay his employer after he arrived in Singapore last April, and was told one month into his stint at a construction company that there was no more work.

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DPM: Gov’t open to proposal on lifting foreign worker freeze

Posted by jaypee 61 days ago Malaysia
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com —

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the government will announce in due course its decision on whether the recruitment of foreign workers will remain suspended or be lifted.

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More than 40,000 illegal immigrants deported under 3+1 programme

Posted by jaypee 62 days ago Malaysia
http://www.thesundaily.my —

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 40,000 illegal immigrants have been deported to their home countries under the 3+1 programme, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pix).


Of the number deported, he told the Dewan Negara that almost 20,000 immigrants were from Indonesia followed by among others Myanmar (4,900), Bangladesh (3,900), India (2,700), and Ne Read More

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Domestic workers set for legal rights in Oman

Posted by jaypee 62 days ago Oman
http://timesofoman.com —

Muscat: How many hours a day does your maid work? Do they get a day off every week? Do they get paid annual holiday? Would you pay them a gratuity at the end of their service?
These are all questions which households employing domestic staff may soon have to answer as the Ministry of Manpower confirmed they are planning more legal protection for these workers.
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Japan eyes more foreign workers in stealthy challenge to immigration taboo

Posted by jaypee 62 days ago Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp —

Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an “immigration policy.”


Immigration is a touchy subject in a land where conservatives prize cultural homogeneity and politicians fear losing votes from workers worried about losing jobs.

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