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Migrants demand at least $4,000 a month to catch 
up with inflation

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : In the run up to the annual review of the minimum allowable wage for migrant workers in Hong Kong expected to take place in October, foreign domestic worker groups are reiterating their call for a monthly salary of at least $4,000, or an increase of $260, which represents a seven per cent rise.

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A patron saint for victims
of human trafficking

PORTLAND (Agencies) : A Sudanese slave who eventually became a sister in the Canossian Daughters of Charity is being put forward by a group at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, the United States of America (US), as the patron saint of persons who are trafficked.

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Who will cook the dinner?

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : With Indonesia, the biggest provider of domestic workers to the Hong Kong market threatening to cut off further export of domestic labour in 2017 and the hype around signs of cure in the Philippine economy bringing hope that better paid jobs may keep people at home, Hong Kong is getting worried about who will cook the dinner.

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Reading money is part of modern literacy

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A frequently asked question is, “Can you read?” Before a migrant worker comes to Hong Kong they are asked, “Can you read English?” as it is an important tool for survival in the territory.

However, an equally important question is seldom asked, “Can you read money?”

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Petition on behalf of jailed Filipino worker in Taiwan

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Over 20 people lodged a petition at the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Admiralty on August 28 asking the president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-joeu, to address a gap in the administration of Taiwan law that has landed a Philippine migrant worker, Helen Gayta Carumba, in prison for 10 months.

Carumba was arrested on March 30 for falsification of documents and subsequently sentenced to a one-year stretch in prison, later reduced by two months.

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Low budget throttles health care development

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : In his State Of the National Address on July 1 this year, the president of The Philippines, Noynoy Aquino, pointed out that he inherited little fiscal space from his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

He said that only 6.5 per cent of the budget for the year remained and Arroyo bequeathed to him a long list of unfulfilled obligations, especially in the areas of education, national security and health care.

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Call to scrap the PhilHealth fee hike and stop the spread of privatised medicine

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : More than 100 people from various organisations affiliated with the United Filipinos in Hong Kong swept through Central on August 12 to launch a massive public education and signature campaign against a premium increase imposed by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

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Ramadan prompts surge in runaway domestic workers in Middle East

MANILA (UCAN) : A shelter for runaway Filipino domestic workers in Dubai saw its occupancy level double during the month of the holy Islamic fast of Ramadan, which ended on August 18.

The Filipino Workers’ Resource Centre normally has less than 50 people in residence, but the surge in demand during Ramadan has seen its population grow to over 100 women.

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The new bible of seafarers rights ratified


MANILA (Mabuhay) : After six years of intensive campaigning and pressure from a variety of maritime labour groups, as well as non-government organisations and the Apostleship of the Sea, the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 was ratified by the Philippine Senate on August 13.

The ratification comes hot on the heels of the senate putting its seal on the Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention on August 6.

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Senate votes to ratify domestic workers convention


HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Philippines became the second country in the world to ratify the United Nations Domestic Workers Convention, when the senate voted in favour of it becoming law on August 6.

The International Labour Convention 189 spells out legal protection mechanisms for domestic workers and specifically defines domestic work as work, and recognises the workplace as a workplace, not a private home, which Hong Kong, along with many countries in the world have to date refused to do.