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Minister orders faster verification system for foreign workers after staff reshuffle

Posted by jaypee 53 days ago Cambodia
http://www.nationmultimedia.com — Labour Minister Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew has instructed nationality-verification centres to speed up their work to reduce the time required per person verified from 13 hours to less than two hours.

Employment Department director-general Anurak Tossarat said yesterday that Adul expected the centres to work faster and provide greater convenience to service users.  Read More


Over 1,000 Myanmar migrant workers return from Thailand in single day

Posted by jaypee 54 days ago Burma
http://www.xinhuanet.com —

YANGON, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- About 1,137 Myanmar migrant workers returned home from Thailand on Tuesday, a day after Christmas, according to the Home Affairs Ministry Wednesday.

They came back through Myawaddy No. 1 Friendship Bridge, HteeKhee, Tanintharyi and Kawthaung border gates respectively.

The return in a single day has brought the total number of returnees since June 2 Read More


Migrant workers among protesters against labor law amendment in Taipei

Posted by jaypee 57 days ago Taiwan
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw —

Thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei Saturday demanding that the government retract an amendment to the Labor Standards Act, saying that it will leave workers more vulnerable to overtime abuse.

"We have only one demand, which is that the government retract the amendment. None of the proposed revisions benefit workers," the organizers said, referring to the Read More


NGO for migrant workers, Home, denounces study which said majority of maids here exploited, Manpower News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Posted by jaypee 59 days ago Singapore
http://www.straitstimes.com —

SINGAPORE - The Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (Home) is the latest migrant worker rights group to denounce a recent study that said maid here are exploited.

The study surveyed 735 Indonesian and Filipino foreign domestic workers (FDW) in 2015 and found that three in five maids here are exploited and one in five maids are victims of forced labour.

It conc Read More


Cost to rise with foreign worker levy

Posted by jaypee 59 days ago Malaysia
https://themalaysianreserve.com —

Manufacturers have warned that “someone” will have to pick up the tap for the additional cost after the authority mandated that employers pay for their foreign workers levy.

Malaysia employs about 1.75 million legal foreign workers.

Besides domestic helpers, the majority of these workers is employed in the plantation, manufacturing and construction sectors.

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S. Korea to permit 56,000 foreign workers with E-9 visas next year

Posted by jaypee 59 days ago Republic of Korea
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr —

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will issue its non-professional employment visa to 56,000 foreign workers next year, the same figure set for this year's quota, government officials said Friday.

The government committee on foreign workforce policy finalized its plan for the 2018 E-9 visa quota during its 25th session presided over by Hong Nam-ki, the minister of the Office f Read More


Korea to accept 56,000 foreign workers in 2018

Posted by jaypee 59 days ago Republic of Korea
http://www.koreaherald.com —

The South Korean government said Friday that it will accept 56,000 foreign workers on the low-skilled work scheme next year, the same number as this year, as part of its efforts to tackle the labor shortage in the manufacturing sector.

The committee in charge of managing the foreign labor force also unveiled plans to improve the working and living conditions of migrant workers

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NGO disputes report on exploitation of maids, plans to relook survey data

Posted by jaypee 59 days ago Singapore
https://www.todayonline.com —

SINGAPORE — A non-governmental organisation (NGO) helping migrant workers has said a study published last month, which found six in 10 foreign domestic helpers here to have been exploited, was published without its consent.

Revealing a rift with the lead researcher of the report, titled Bonded To The System, the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) said o Read More