Offer subsidised tests to foreign workers too, says advocacy group

Posted by jaypee 234 days ago Singapore
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A non-profit group that helps migrant workers has called for subsidised Zika testing to be offered to foreign workers too.

Transient Workers Count Too made the appeal yesterday, with its treasurer, Mr Alex Au, noting that the cost of the test may deter foreign workers from going for checks.

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National scene: Special IDs for Indonesian maids in S’pore

Posted by jaypee 236 days ago Indonesia
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The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore has launched an identity card for Indonesian citizens working as domestic staff in the neighboring country.

The Indonesia-Singapore Worker Card (KPIS) will function not only as an identity card for Indonesian domestic helpers working in Singapore but also as an information medium for them about various training programs in which they might be

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Singapore’s Foreign Domestic Workers Find Their Voices Online

Posted by jaypee 237 days ago Singapore
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The Humanitarian Organization for Migrant Economics, or “HOME,” aims to “give voice to the voiceless” in Singapore by providing a platform (a website called “MyVoice”) for migrant workers to write and upload their stories, articles, photographs, and poetry. The advocacy group also offers assistance to abused workers.

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Govt pledges to better protect migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 242 days ago Indonesia
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration wants the government to walk with migrant workers each step of the way, because working abroad is their way of improving their lives and the economies of their hometowns, a minister has said.

“Working abroad is a choice we must honor, respect and protect,” Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said in Kupang, E Read More


MOM sets new living condition rules for foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 246 days ago Singapore
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The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has set out new conditions that operators of factory-converted dormitories (FCDs) for housing foreign workers will have to meet, including the provision of a 'feedback channel' and wi-fi.

Starting next year, dorm-operators will have to meet the legal obligations in order to get approval to use their industrial premises for workers to live in, the MOM Read More


Construction work progress continues amid illegal workers’ arrest

Posted by jaypee 248 days ago Cambodia
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Since the start of the year, department authorities at the Ministry of Interior have arrested more than 10,000 illegal workers, with the bulk of them being construction workers. However, industry experts and investors are split on the opinions that the arrest will impinge on the development of the sector.

Meng Chamroeun, project manager of mixed-use development Olympia City, told Read More


New conditions for foreign workers' factory-converted dormitories

Posted by jaypee 248 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE: Staring next year, all operators of factory-converted dormitories (FCDs) will have to meet four new conditions when seeking approval to use their industrial premises to house foreign workers, announced the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

In a press release on Wednesday (Aug 24), MOM said the new rules follow consultations with industry stakeholders and calls earlier this mo Read More


Indonesia asks for wage hike for migrant workers in Taiwan

Posted by jaypee 251 days ago Indonesia
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Jakarta, Aug. 22 (CNA) Indonesia wants to revise a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Taiwan to bring wages for its nationals working on fishing boats and as domestic helpers in line with Taiwan's minimum wage, a high-rank Indonesian official said Monday.

The plan to seek a revision to the 2011 Taiwan-Indonesia MOU on recruiting, settling and protecting workers was brought

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