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A toilet is not a suitable place for a bedroom migrants say

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : More than 50 migrant workers claimed that the mandatory live-in employment arrangement contributes more to rights violations against foreign domestic workers and their sometimes deplorable living conditions more than any other single issue in a rally held at the Immigration Department in Wan Chai on July 11.







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Learning about sexual 
harassment and what to do

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A family member of the employer asks a foreign domestic worker for a massage. A man watches pornographic movies in his bedroom. Do these acts fall under the category of sexual harassment? Participants at a half-day seminar about sexual harassment, organised by St. John’s Cathedral HIV Education Centre and the Equal Opportunities Commission, were given many such scenarios in which their employers may have breached the sexual harassment ordinance. After the event, held at St.







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Domestic workers can benefit from the 
work of unions

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The inaugural assembly of the Progressive Labour Union of Domestic Workers Hong Kong was held at the Polytechnic University in Hung Hom, Kowloon, on June 17.

Over 150 migrant workers attended the first assembly of the union which has been formed to keep migrant workers informed about what is happening in the area of labour laws and practices, as well as to combat discriminatory policies that contribute to inequality and abuse in the workforce.







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Domestic workers cop
it in Saudi

RIYADH (AsiaNews) : The Philippine government can only offer viable protection to workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who hold registered contracts with national hospitals, research centres or large companies, a Committee on Overseas Workers Welfare disclosed on March 17.







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Passports are not collateral for a loan

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The Philippine consul general, Noel Servigon, warned people not to give up their passports voluntarily to anyone, at a gathering held in the consulate general offices in Admiralty on May 6.
 
“We are getting more and more requests for help from people who have given their passports to other Filipinos as collateral for loans,” he told the group.
 
“I need to inform you that the consulate cannot do anything to help in these circumstances,” he continued.
 







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United States says no more imported nurses

QUEZON CITY (Agencies) : Pressure is going back on the government of The Philippines to create employment with the announcement by the United States of America (US) that it will stop recruiting nurses overseas until at least 2020.
 
Nurses in The Philippines are notoriously underpaid and often face difficulty finding jobs. Even when employed, they are often not paid, or short-changed in their salary when pay day comes around. The US has been a favourite hunting ground for the struggling profession in country.
 







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Importance of unity against unfair policies

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The role played by civic society groups in supporting the struggle of migrant workers in Hong Kong is of vital importance, Jackie Hung Ling-yu, from the Justice and Peace Commission, said at a press conference held in front of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation building in Central on April 29.







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Migrant and local workers unite 
on International Labour Day

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A mixed band of around 1,000 Indonesian, Nepali, Thai, Sri Lankan and Filipino workers brought Labour Day to life on May 1, when they joined  trades union and labour organisations from Hong Kong in a march from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to the Central Government Offices in Tamar, in a call for an across the board pension scheme and annual review of the minimum wage.







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Study in Hong Kong prompted by family problems at home

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : “We are seeing more and more people from families of migrant workers as time goes by,” Vicente Cabuquit, a psychiatrist from the Ramon Magsaysay Medical Centre in the University of the East, Manila, told Mabuhay on April 29.

Cabuquit was in Hong Kong for four days with a team of seven staff from the centre in Manila to learn more about the migrant worker experience and how people working away from home relate with their families back home, especially in times of crisis.







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If migration promotes development we need to ask who it is benefiting

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : The rationale out of which governments promote and seek development through the migrant labour industry and the hopes for development that migrants themselves harbour are on a collision course, the result of a study released by the Philippine-based IBON Foundation in April on the nature and function of the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) reveals.