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Perkasa wants Malay-speaking migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 110 days ago Malaysia
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Migrant workers need to obtain a Bahasa Malaysia language proficiency certificate before they are allowed to work in the country, says Perkasa, in criticising Putrajaya's decision to bring in 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers.

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Jharkhand’s minimum wage for maids exists only on paper

Posted by jaypee 111 days ago India
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Jharkhand may have fixed the minimum wage for domestic workers in 2011, but acute poverty, a job crisis and a lack of awareness have compelled them to work for as little as one-fifth the amount, claim activists.

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Nepal to host regional conference to protect migrants’ rights

Posted by jaypee 112 days ago Nepal
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com — Feb 8, 2016- The government is planning to organise a South Asian ministerial-level conference in Kathmandu to explore possible areas of cooperation to ensure protection and promotion of the rights of migrant labourers of the region.
South Asia is home to 36 million migrant workers, including an estimated four million Nepalis, who work mostly in the Gulf and Malaysia.

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Life in limbo for migrant workers - News VietNamNet

Posted by jaypee 112 days ago Vietnam
http://english.vietnamnet.vn —

Due to her family’s financial circumstances, at the age of 15 Ms. Kim Loan left school in her hometown in southern Binh Phuoc province to go to Ho Chi Minh City to find work.


After a few years waiting tables at a restaurant, which was hard work and low paid, she became a street vendor.


Each day she rides dozens of kilometers around the city on her bicycle from dawn to dus Read More

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Immigrant workers play increasingly important role

Posted by jaypee 115 days ago Republic of Korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr —

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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126 Indonesian workers face death in Malaysia

Posted by jaypee 115 days ago Indonesia
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Ministries are pooling their efforts to save 126 Indonesian migrant workers facing the death penalty in Malaysia for drug-related offences, an official said on Thursday.


The government has used consultations, legal aid and a diplomatic approach to try to save the workers, director for the protection of Indonesians and legal aid at the Foreign Affairs Ministry Lalu Muhammad Iqbal s Read More

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Tamil Nadu now home to 1 million migrant workers: Study

Posted by jaypee 115 days ago India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com —

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is home to more than a million migrant workers, a government-commissioned survey has found.

The just-concluded survey conducted by a private consultant on behalf of the state labour department shows that a majority of the 10.67 lakh migrant workers in the state are unskilled workers. About 27% are employed in the manufacturing sector, 14% in textile industri

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Thailand plans new drive against illegal migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 116 days ago Thailand
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Thailand’s Labour Ministry plans to target big industrial zones in the first stage of a new campaign against illegal migrant workers, the Bangkok Post reported on February 4.


The checks in areas believed to be employing large numbers of illegal migrant workers would be aimed at documenting foreigners who were yet to register with the ministry, a senior official said. Read More