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  1. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Domestic helpers forced to pay agencies '20 times legal rate'

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Helpers pay '20 times' legal rate to agencies Nearly half of foreign domestic helpers have paid their job agencies more than Hong Kong laws allow, in some cases overpaying by more than 20 times the standard rate, a study shows. And more than a fifth of employers find their workers do not meet promised levels of experience and language ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466506/foreign-helpers-paid-agencies-more-20-times-legal-rate-study-shows
  2. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Hong Kong artist standing up for security guards

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 04:28am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... An industry practice required cleaning contractors to pay a deposit equivalent to one month's service fee to each new customer, Sze noted. That should not be an "insurmountable" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1454283/hong-kong-artist-standing-security-guards
  3. News - World - LABOUR

    Helpers in Qatar face slave-like conditions, seek protection

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 09:34pm by GDN

    ... was systemic and brought into sharp focus by a lack of legal protection and the kafala sponsorship system, under which workers cannot leave the country or change jobs without their employer's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1436545/helpers-qatar-treated-slaves
  4. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Hong Kong urged to sign UN treaty on protection of domestic helpers

    Posted Feb 16th 2014, 04:46am by Lana Lam

    ... a shadow over the city's image as a reputable location for domestic helpers to work. "Hong Kong has the legal and political means to put its commitment to the protection of domestic ... million working in private homes. The number is up from 13.8 million in 1995, and most are girls or women. Hong Kong's legal framework was "significantly stronger" than that in most ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1428675/hong-kong-urged-sign-un-treaty-protection-domestic-helpers
  5. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Migrant women an untapped labour pool

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:54am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... to 47.8 per cent in 2011. "What they need is more support from the government," Sze said. "For example, if there were more babysitting services available, these women would be free ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1429137/migrant-women-untapped-labour-pool
  6. News - China - LABOUR

    Strike by cash delivery guards disrupts bank operations in Guangzhou

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 03:48am by LAURA ZHOU

    ... Laura Zhou laura.zhou@scmp.com Guard strike disrupts deliveries of banknotes Banking services were disrupted in Guangzhou yesterday when about 100 cash delivery guards went on strike ... An employee of Sui Bao declined to provide more details about the strike yesterday morning and denied that bank services had been suspended. By the afternoon, the employee said both sides were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1426265/strike-cash-delivery-guards-disrupts-bank-operations-guangzhou
  7. News - Asia - LABOUR

    Singapore repatriation firms' tactics under workers' rights microscope

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 05:02am by AP

    ... home any more. I also cannot call them often so I worry how they are doing," he said. Jakir's case was handled by UTR Services, the largest repatriation company in Singapore. The head ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1429156/singapore-repatriation-firms-tactics-under-workers-rights-microscope
  8. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Myanmese domestic helpers asked to pay high agency fees to work in Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 11:52pm

    ... agency, Gold Mine International, had invested HK$1 million in the business, according to its Hong Kong partner, which said it was legal to charge workers this much. But advocates for domestic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1421711/myanmese-domestic-helpers-asked-high-agency-fees-work-hong-kong
  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Indonesian official wants city's maid agencies to register with consulate

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 07:34pm by Joanna Chiu and Johnny Tam

    ... agencies, saying they "just care about money". Tatang, the director for legal aid and protection of Indonesian nationals overseas at the country's foreign ministry, said: ... how the legal process [for Erwiana's case] goes. "Hong Kong is one of the better places for migrant domestic helpers. There is a legal system that protects their rights and freedom ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1412683/indonesian-official-wants-citys-maid-agencies-register-consulate
  10. News - China - LABOUR

    Harder than ever to find prized civil service job in China

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 04:52pm by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com Record applicants crowd each other out from prized posts even as some positions go unfilled Harder than everto find the right civil service job Wang Kui, a fourth-year law student at the South China University of Technology, compares her pursuit of a much-coveted civil service job to speed dating. "The ones you have a feeling for, you have little ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1348306/civil-service-recruitment-speed-dating-applicant-admits

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