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  1. News - World - MIGRANTS

    Italy fire opens seedy side of Chinese migrant labour

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 09:26pm by AP

    ... labour There was no fire alarm fitted at the garment factory outside Florence where Chen Changzhong worked and lived. Heat finally startled him awake on the morning of December 1 last year. ... finding work at factories that ignore basic safety standards, and billions of euros have been smuggled back to China, police investigations show. The savings on tax and labour have given ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Labour woes will put brakes on growth

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 04:52am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Economy forecast to expand at the slower annual rate of 3.3pc in the next five years as an ageing population means fewer workers Hong Kong's labour woes ... growth from 2010 to 2013 was fuelled by an expansion of the workforce, the report showed. It coincided with an increase in the labour force participation rate over the past few years- meaning ...

  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    US labour strength spurs hopes for early rate rise

    Posted Oct 04th 2014, 04:46am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington US labour strength spurs talk of early rate rise Employers in the United States stepped up hiring last month and the jobless rate fell to a six-year low, which could ... made in the labour market this year. Non-farm payrolls rose 248,000 and the jobless rate fell to 5.9 per cent, the lowest since July 2008, the Labour Department said. The results showed ...

  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    'I dig fields for 8 hours a day’: US man jailed in North Korea describes hard labour

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 04:58pm

    ... recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labour says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health hasn't deteriorated. Under ... in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club, is expected to be tried in court soon. Kenneth Bae was sentenced in 2013 to 15 years of hard labour. Last week, Robert King, the US special ...

  5. News - World - BRITAIN

    British Labour leader Ed Miliband shifts to the left ahead of May poll

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 04:27am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Manchester Britain's Labour leader promises to make wealthy pay for improved health care Miliband shifts to the left as he looks to poll Opposition Labour party leader Ed ... in generations. We are ready." Narrowly ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party in opinion polls, Miliband faces a tough task to win the May poll. Experts say Labour, which ...

  6. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea says US citizen given six years' hard labour wanted to expose prison life

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 11:20am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul American craved arrest, Pyongyang media say An American recently sentenced to six years of hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret US information ... tore up the tourist visa he used to enter the country in April, state media said at the time. He was sentenced to six years' hard labour by a North Korean court last Sunday. "The ...

  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    American with 'ambition to experience North Korea prison' given six years of hard labour

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 05:34pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Pyongyang American sentenced to six years of hard labour North Korea's Supreme Court has sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labour ... journalists. Jimmy Carter made the trip in 2010 to secure the release of Aijalon Gomes, who had been sentenced to eight years of hard labour for illegally crossing into the country to do missionary ...

  8. News - World - SCOTLAND

    Labour voters flock to ‘Yes’ campaign as support for independence surges

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 11:08pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Cumbernauld Labour voters saying 'Yes' to independence Old loyalties are being shaken up in the campaign for Scotland's independence referendum- and the Labour party is feeling that more than most in its industrial heartland. In places like Cumbernauld, a new town outside Glasgow built in the 1950s to house overspill population, support ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Relax labour laws to help city

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Relax labour laws to help city The latest official study of Hong Kong's future manpower needs estimates a net shortage of 118,000 by 2022, partly because of a mismatch ... it as a pretext for importing labour, many will treat the study by the Labour and Welfare Bureau with caution. A single fact can focus more attention on the subject. We have one with the news ...

  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila insists crackdown on foreign labourers doesn't target Chinese

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 04:07am by Raissa Robles

    ... Raissa Robles in Manila Manila insists Chinese aren't being targeted in new whistle-blower programme offering rewards to those who turn in illegal workers Crackdown on foreign labour ... "We do not allow visitors who will come to this country for manual labour" such as carpenters, store clerks or plumbers, Mison said. But those with technical expertise can get work visas. ...




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