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Job-hopping for profit claim a big fat lie

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “It is a big fat lie that foreign domestic workers use job-hopping in order to exploit additional financial gain,” Rex Verona said at a press conference held by the Progressive Labour Union of Domestic Workers in conjunction with the Alliance of Progressive Labour Hong Kong on October 15.

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Convention on domestic workers now binding

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “Today’s entry into force of Convention 189, sends a powerful signal to more than 50 million domestic workers worldwide” the director of the International Labour Organisation Working Conditions and Equality Department, Manuela Tomei, said on September 5, the day the United Nations Domestic Workers Convention became binding for signatory countries.

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Japan’s bishops accuse Tokyo of inhumane deportation

TOKYO (AsiaNews) : The bishops of Japan are accusing the government in Tokyo of inhumane behaviour when it forcibly deported a group of 75 undocumented Filipinos on July 6.

The bishops are claiming that the bulk of them were in desperate need of medical attention and counselling, which must have been well known to the authorities, since they had been holding them in prison for days and for some even weeks.

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We are all neck-deep in pork

MANILA (Mabuhay) : We are all in this bribery business together, the president of Filipinos for Life, Anthony James Perez, told CBCP News on August 22.

While politicians and the Pork Barrel Fund may be filling all the headlines at present, Perez points out that people at every level of society grease the palms of government officials to get through red tape and speed up processes.

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Financial literacy is about way more than money

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “One big difference I notice between The Philippines and people in Hong Kong is that we tell our children study to get a good job, and the Chinese tell theirs to study to start a good business,” one Filipino graduate from a financial literacy course said at a ceremony sponsored by CARD-MRI Hong Kong said.

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Taipei opens union membership to foreign workers

TAIPEI (UCAN) : About 150 kilometres inland from the picturesque fishing port of Nanfang’ao, northeastern Taiwan, a notice written in Tagalog was posted on a three-story building announcing Mass would be celebrated in the offices of the Yilan County Fishermen Trade Union.

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Ban on deployment lifted by Taiwan

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : An official apology from the government of the Republic of The Philippines to both the government in Taiwan (the Republic of China) and the family of 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng, who was killed by the Philippine Coastguard in waters in the northern Philippines to which Taiwan also lays claim, on May 9, was accepted on August 8.

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Live-out domestic workers arrested and employers questioned

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Mission for Migrant Workers says that it is disappointed by a recent roundup carried out by officials from the Immigration Department of migrant workers living outside of their employer’s homes.

“The recent arrest of six migrant workers and the pending investigation of their employers at Discovery Bay by officers of the Immigration Department is saddening,” a July 19 press release from the director of the mission, Cynthia Tellez, says.

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Recruitment agencies with the worst records named

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : As migrant workers up the ante in their war on the charging of illegal fees by recruitment agencies, hundreds gathered in Chater Road on July 14 for the launch of the Tigil Na! (End Now!) Movement of Victims against Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking.

The campaign is being jointly run by the United Filipinos in Hong Kong and Migrante.

The director of the Mission for Migrant Workers, Cynthia Abdon-Tellez, joined an open press conference held in the street during the launch.

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Embassy in Saudi Arabia accused of betraying its own citizens

JEDDAH (Mabuhay) : Within two weeks of the sex-for-fly scandal crash landing in the Philippine embassies in the Middle East, diplomats in Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are being accused of inviting Saudi police onto Philippine territory to arrest undocumented workers calling for repatriation.