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  1. Australia to probe deaths of foreign workers

    Posted Jun 26th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... in Australia under a controversial visa scheme. Australian companies have sponsored more than 100,000 foreign workers under the 457 visa scheme, but unions say the foreigners often lack skills ... in Western Australia. The other, an agricultural labourer, fell from a truck in the Northern Territory. The deaths highlight concerns about the guest worker scheme, which unions say leaves foreign ...

  2. Journalists from public broadcaster jump ship for Labor

    Posted May 24th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... 'The media environment in Australia is overwhelmingly biased towards the conservative side,' said Anne Dunn, the head of the media department at Sydney University. 'Studies have shown ...

  3. Boom time for Macau real estate workers

    Posted Nov 28th 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Professionals in the Macau property sector beat their Hong Kong counterparts when it came to pay rises this year when their salaries rose by twice as much as those in Hong Kong. ... rise, while pay for comparable workers in Hong Kong rose 8.7 per cent, and 9.5 per cent on the mainland. Macau property workers topped the pay-rise list, Hong Kong was in equal fourth spot ...

  4. Unwelcome guests

    Posted Jun 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires Backpackers are everywhere in Sydney. They work in shops and cafes, drink to excess in pubs and clubs and fry themselves to a crisp on Bondi Beach. But Australia's South ... support struggling families: remittances from overseas have long been a crucial part of island economies. Charles Lepani, PNG's high commissioner to Australia, this month criticised what he ...

  5. Construction site's strike hurts us all, says property boss

    Posted Aug 17th 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Agnes Lam The strike by construction-site metalworkers was having a serious impact on all Hong Kong, the deputy chairman of property giant Cheung Kong Holdings, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi, said yesterday. Speaking as the strike continued into its second week, Mr Li said it was not just a commercial issue. 'The work progress at construction sites of private developers ...

  6. Property giants may be let off hook over underpaid workers

    Posted Feb 12th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Property developers may be able to gain accreditation under the voluntary 'wage protection movement' even if workers managed by their subsidiaries are paid less than the market rate. Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Matthew Cheung Kin-chung made the comment after an association of the city's leading property management companies ...

  7. Property management firms ignore minimum wage deal

    Posted Feb 05th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Up to 90 per cent of Hong Kong's property management agents are not taking part in the government's 'wage protection movement' despite verbally pledging support, a senior executive estimates. Among the 19 property management agents questioned by the South China Morning Post last week- most of which are subsidiaries of developer heavyweights ...

  8. Three face charges over wages blackmail scam

    Posted Sep 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Benjamin Wong Three former employees of a government pest control contactor have been accused of blackmailing workers into accepting wages below the set minimum then fraudulently telling the government the full amount had been paid. The three, and another ...

  9. Bitter row erupts over mainland tradesmen

    Posted Sep 06th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... the Australian government allowing foreign workers to meet the country's dire skills shortage. The 50 construction workers were brought to Australia earlier this year to help build a A$60 million ... makers of tissues and toilet paper in Australia with annual revenues of nearly A$200 million, is owned by Hong Kong-born businessman, Henry Ngai. His contributions to charity and political ...

  10. Blackballing minimum wage a bit rich

    Posted Jan 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... in Australia and Britain, in which they have invested their excess profits. But what the chamber most clearly fails to grasp is not the issue of whether a minimum wage is or is not economically ... of this is captured by the property, utility and banking giants operating in protected environments. Not only do they reap higher profits from privileged positions, but like to build empires by investing ...




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