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

Posted by jaypee few seconds 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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Maids in Singapore are put on display for sale in malls

Posted by jaypee 21 days ago Singapore
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Singapore,Oct1:There are more than 200,000 foreign domestic workers in Singapore.Under the law, they have to be at least 23 years old.
Most of these girls come from Myanmar, where investigations reveal a web of deceit and corruption in the recruitment process, and immigration officials are regularly bribed to doctor birthdates on travel documents.

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Foreign workers march to support law

Posted by jaypee 21 days ago Taiwan
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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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Domestic helps call for min wage of rs 60/hour

Posted by jaypee 22 days ago India
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CHENNAI: Domestic workers have called for laws to guarantee a minimum wage of `60 per hour for them and a set of guidelines to protect their interests. At a public hearing organised by the National Domestic Workers’ Movement, they also expressed concern regarding rehabilitation of slum dwellers on the city’s outskirts.

Sexual harassment, illtreatment and inhuman wo Read More


Hong Kong domestic helpers wait on wage review

Posted by jaypee 23 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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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


PH, China to discuss legitimization of Filipino domestic workers

Posted by jaypee 23 days ago Macau SAR
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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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Indian domestic workers demand fair wages, days off and a cup of coffee

Posted by jaypee 23 days ago India
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CHENNAI, India, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For as long as she can remember, R Meenakshi has been waking up at dawn to wash dishes, sweep floors and scrub clothes, earning 2,000 rupees ($30) a month.

"I am 65 and it might be too late, but I want more respect for the work I have done all my life," Meenakshi told a public hearing organised by two labour rights groups in t Read More


More maids, foreign family members of citizens, in Singapore

Posted by jaypee 24 days ago Singapore
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Ms Carsih Carman Taja, 29, started working here two weeks ago to take care of her employer's ailing 82-year-old father, a stroke patient.

"I look after Ah Gong, change his diapers and help him with his physio," said the Indonesian of her duties, which she describes as difficult but rewarding.

She represents a growing number of non-residents in Singapore, which saw an increa Read More