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Saudis Delay Measure Affecting Foreign Workers

Posted by jacobo 1206 days ago Saudi Arabia
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CAIRO — Almost two weeks after Saudi Arabia started deporting thousands of foreign workers from Yemen and other countries in a crackdown that drew protests from local business owners and foreign diplomats, Saudi officials on Saturday reversed course and announced a three-month grace period for the workers, according to the official Saudi news agency.

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Extension sought for migrant workers’ permit issuance period

Posted by jacobo 1206 days ago Thailand
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BANGKOK, 4 April 2013 Labor Minister Padermchai Sasomsap has revealed that an extension period for issuing a permit to allow migrant workers to work legally in Thailand has been proposed while insisting that the move is not a special favor to employers. 

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‘475 workplaces warned over labour violations in past week'

Posted by jacobo 1206 days ago Jordan
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AMMAN — Labour Ministry inspectors have issued warnings to 475 workplaces over the past week to address violations registered against them within seven days or face being shut down, Labour Minister Nidal Katamine said Saturday.

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New approach needed to deal with expat labor issue

Posted by jacobo 1206 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Labor Minister Adel Fakeih has said there is a ministerial decision stipulating that his ministry should reduce the number of foreign workers to 20 percent of the population, instead of 26.6 percent. According to the latest official statistics, the Saudi population is 27.1 million, of whom 7.2 million are foreign workers.

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Thailand’s migrant workers extorted while trying to go legal

Posted by jacobo 1206 days ago Thailand
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ANGKOK (TrustLaw) - Aye, an undocumented Burmese worker, wanted to legalise her stay in Thailand, so she contacted a broker who offered to get her Burmese passport and Thai work permit for a 12,000 baht ($409) fee - more than a month’s wage and three times the cost if she were to do it herself.

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Migrant workers set free

Posted by jacobo 1206 days ago Nepal
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KATHMANDU: The nine Nepali migrant workers, who were arrested following a deadly clash in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on March 25, were released from police custody on Friday.

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Buddhists, Muslims from Burma Brawl in Indonesia

Posted by jacobo 1207 days ago Burma
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MEDAN, Indonesia—Buddhist and Muslim asylum seekers from Burma brawled with rocks and knives Friday at an immigration detention center in Indonesia, leaving eight combatants dead and another 15 injured, police said.

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Saudi Arabia's lay-off plan 'could cost a million Indian jobs'

Posted by jacobo 1207 days ago India
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NEW DELHI // The Indian government, concerned about mass layoffs of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia, is looking to help soften the blow for the millions of its citizens living in the kingdom.

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