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Time to take action on illegal charging of agency fees

HONG KONG (Mabuhay): Gabriela Partylist representative in the Philippine congress, Luz Ilagan, was in town on March 18 to join a 100-strong forum hosted by the Philippine Consulate General to Hong Kong.

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Voice of women workers cries out in the wilderness

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : In a public statement against social exclusion of the predominately female foreign domestic worker sector in Hong Kong, the Asian Migrants Coordinating Body and the International Migrants Alliance led hundreds of women migrants to the Central Government Offices on March 11 to commemorate the 101st International Women’s Day.

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High school education does not counter workplace abuse

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Indonesians have reacted strongly to a ban imposed by Jakarta on the deployment overseas of people with low education levels set to come into effect in 2018.

They say that the policy announced in early March can only worsen the unemployment problem in Indonesia and will do nothing to achieve the stated aim of protecting domestic and other workers from abuse and rights violations.

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Babies of migrants are blessing for Korea bishop maintains

DAEJEOJN (AsiaNews) : Children born to migrants, whether they hold valid documents or not, “are God’s children and a valuable resource for Korea and the world. 

“This is why the Church is committed to them and their parents and wants the government to be the same way,” Bishop Lazarus You Heung-Sik, from Daejeon, said on February 28.

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If it looks too good to be true it probably is

MANILA (UCAN) : Jobs in Europe or Canada may look attractive, but beware of email advertisements from recruitment agencies offering to find jobs for no charge, no matter how convincing they may seem.

Hans Leo Cacdac, from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), is warning people to think twice before replying to them.

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Indonesian workers call for all round support from other labour groups

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A gathering of the Indonesian Migrant Workers Alliance together with local labour and migrant rights advocates was held at the offices of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions in Yaumatei, Kowloon, on February 24.

The gathering addressed the current employment conditions of Indonesian migrant workers and sought support to address what it termed abusive policies imposed by Jakarta.

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Domestic workers hit the streets 
in call to ratify labour convention

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Migrant workers took to the streets of Hong Kong on March 11 in a wakeup call to all domestic workers in the city to start pressuring governments to ratify the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, which was adopted on June 16 last year by 105 countries in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Maximising the value of your hard earned money while still overseas

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : A total of 85 people graduated from batches three, four and five of an introductory course run by CARD-MRI in basic financial literacy at the Bayanihan Centre in Kennedy Town on February 26.

The chairperson of CARD in Hong Kong, Edna Aquino, said that this is the second graduation ceremony the micro-credit organisation has run in Hong Kong, making the total number of graduates from its courses over 160 in the past 12 months.

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Up in remittances reflects down in local economy


ANTIPOLO CITY (Agencies) : The Philippines may be expecting a bumper remittance crop this year, but it is not the result of improved conditions or salaries for overseas workers, but the ongoing labour export push of the current administration of the president, Noynoy Aquino, Migrante Middle-East says in a February 17 press release.

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Maintaining a healthy mind while 
keeping help close at hand

HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : St. John’s Cathedral HIV Education Centre sponsored a workshop for migrant workers in the Li Hall at St. John’s Cathedral, Central, on January 15, on the importance of keeping a healthy state of mind.

Running under the theme of a Healthy Mind, the one-day seminar explored how people can look after their psychological well-being.