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Draft resolution may allow deployment of Pinay maids to UAE –report

December 8, 2014

Filipino women wanting to work as household helpers in the United Arab Emirates may benefit from a prospective resolution that will allow their deployment there, a UAE news site reported Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Debt bondage behind Hong Kong sex trade

December 7, 2014

The brutal murders of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong at the start of November made sensational headlines, but less noticed are the sometimes brutal debt burdens that chain migrant workers to low-paying and sometimes dangerous jobs, including sex work. Read the rest of this entry »

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UN investigating slavish treatment of migrant workers in UAE

November 30, 2014

The Gulf state’s physical abuse and slave-like treatment of migrant workers is making headlines again, as the UN starts its own investigation, following an official complaint at the international level, which detailed an “alarming frequency” of cases. Read the rest of this entry »

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PH welcomes new domestic workers’ contract in Gulf states

November 28, 2014

Still, the New York-based Human Rights Watch says a standardized contract is no substitute for labor law protection and institutional reforms

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz is hopeful that a new template contract for migrant domestic workers that sets basic labor standards in the Gulf region will “end soon the days of abuse and exploitation” they suffer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gulf agrees new contract for domestic workers

November 26, 2014

Gulf labor ministers Tuesday agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestic staff to improve the widely criticized working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Qatar to junk oppressive visa system for OFWs

November 24, 2014

Labor Minister Abdullah Saleh Al Khulaifi says his country needs more skilled manpower from the Philippines, given Qatar’s expanding economy

MANILA, Philippines – The labor chief of Qatar assured the Philippines on Sunday, November 23, that amendments to his country’s labor law that could benefit overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are slated to pass before 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gulf states urged to protect migrant workers

November 23, 2014

Ninety rights and labour groups renew call for “urgent action” to protect migrant workers in the Gulf states.

A collective of major international rights and labour groups have launched a fresh call for urgent action to protect migrant workers from abuse in Gulf Arab countries. Read the rest of this entry »

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POEA: No placement fees for domestic workers, caregivers, seafarers

November 23, 2014

No placement fees for Filipinos working abroad as domestic workers, caregivers and seafarers.

This was the reminder of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to prospective overseas Filipino workers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Empowering foreign domestic workers

November 21, 2014

Does sharing information on foreign domestic worker(FDW) labour laws and market conditions help improve employment outcomes?

One in every five Singaporean households employs a foreign maid. Read the rest of this entry »

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ASEAN nations compare notes on protecting women migrant workers

November 19, 2014

The Philippines is not the only country exerting efforts to protect its migrant workers against abusive hiring practices. In a conference last week, other Southeast Asian nations shared their own methods of keeping their overseas workers—especially the women, who are more prone to abuses—safe. Read the rest of this entry »