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Japan's foreign workers policy riddled with contradictions, says lawmaker

Posted by jaypee 166 days ago Japan
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As the government tells it, Japan doesn’t accept unskilled foreign labor. Except it does.

For example, a state-sponsored technical internship program brings in a slew of foreign “trainees” every year, ostensibly to provide instruction in advanced industrial methods. But in reality, the trainees provide a surreptitious source of cheap labor, with many being consign Read More


Companies encouraged to directly hire foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 173 days ago Taiwan
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Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Suppliers should use the Ministry of Labor's direct hiring service to meet the increasing demand from their buyers for fair treatment of foreign workers, the ministry's Workforce Development Agency said Wednesday.

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Foreign workers first included as factor of lower wages in study

Posted by jaypee 284 days ago China PR
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A study commissioned by the Ministry of Labor listed the introduction of foreign workers as one of the contributors to Taiwan's wage stagnation, the first time foreign labor is included as a factor in lowering salaries by an official study in over a decade.

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Immigrant workers play increasingly important role

Posted by jaypee 262 days ago Republic of Korea
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When President Park Geun-hye visited an industrial complex south of Seoul last March, most of the small-business executives there cited the difficulty in securing manpower as their biggest problem.

In a 2015 survey of small and medium enterprises, 60.7 percent of respondents also said they could not find young people willing to work on manufacturing lines.

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Call for change to migrant system - Taipei Times

Posted by jaypee 252 days ago Taiwan
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The governments of Taiwan and the Philippines should cut out labor brokers and take direct responsibility for the placement and protection of migrant workers, a Philippine labor activist said in Taipei yesterday.

“The brokers’ fee system should be junked because it’s useless — brokers will not help us if we run into problems,” Gilda Banugan, the chair Read More


China to lure more foreign workers and investment by relaxing ‘green card’ rules

Posted by jaypee 249 days ago China PR
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China is hoping to attract more overseas talent and investment by making it easier for foreign nationals to obtain a “green card”.

Permanent residency was presently open to too few foreign nationals and standards for granting the status were too high, said state news agency Xinhua, quoting a directive from the State Council and the Communist Party’s Central Commit Read More


Foreign workers in Japan 'exploited as cheap labour'

Posted by jaypee 244 days ago Japan
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TOKYO • Tang Xili came to Japan from China in 2013 hoping to earn enough in three years to build a new home for her daughter.

Instead, the 35-year-old ended up in a labour union shelter, after leaving an employer she says owes her unpaid wages of about 3.5 million yen (S$43,800).

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Govt faces flak for seeking new foreign workers for big projects

Posted by jaypee 228 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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A labor union leader has lashed out at the government’s plan to import more foreign workers for ongoing construction projects, saying the move is unnecessary.

Project delays have stemmed from lack of proper planning by authorities, and not due to worker shortage, Chan Pat-kan, chairman of the Construction Site Workers General Union, said Wednesday.

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