Foreign Worker

Canada tightens rules on hiring temporary foreign workers

Jason Kenney

Canada has announced a tightening of rules for hiring temporary foreign workers after a public outcry over abuses that saw Canadians losing their jobs.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 2:45am

Canada reviews foreign-worker scheme amid China mine row

Canada reviews foreign-worker scheme amid China mine row

The Canadian government has announced a review of its programme for temporary foreign workers. It follows the controversial decision to import hundreds of Chinese coal miners for a Chinese-funded project in northern British Columbia.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:52am

Troupe brings the message directly from mainland migrant workers

Few songs have been written addressing the issues of China's 200 million migrant workers, and among them even fewer still have been written by migrant workers themselves.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Rising wages push firm to Dhaka

Tired of shouldering the relatively higher wage burden of hiring migrant workers at its Shenzhen factory, one of the world's largest cap makers is heading to low-cost Bangladesh.

Pauline Ngan Po-ling, deputy chairwoman of Mainland Headwear, said fast-rising salaries and labour shortages made it increasingly hard to attract workers to replace those who leave.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

An ear in a city of tough struggle

As the secretary general of a psychological counselling hotline that offers its services free to the public, particularly to disadvantaged groups in Shenzhen, Zhang Yuewu has worked closely with people struggling through tough times.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Official forced into U-turn over migrants

Provincial leaders in Guangdong eventually agreed on a blueprint for integrating migrants with the local population last week, but the deliberations over it were fraught with controversy.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hundreds march against ruling on Filipino maid

About 1,500 people marched from Wan Chai to government headquarters yesterday to protest against a court ruling in favour of the right of abode for domestic helpers.

The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, which organised the march, said local workers could lose their jobs if a large number of migrant domestic helpers were given abode.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Ban on group petitioning withdrawn

Shenzhen's housing bureau withdrew a controversial ban on group petitioning for unpaid wages by migrant workers, Xinhuanet reported. The ban, announced last week, prohibited such petitions ahead of the Universiade Games in August. Critics said migrant workers' rights should not be undermined and questioned whether group petitioning fell under the bureau's ambit.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

Factory Girls

Factory Girls by Leslie Chang Pan, HK$117

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

Art for workers creates a new heritage

Sun Heng is the chief executive of the non-governmental organisation Beijing Workers' Family and leader of the New Worker Art Troupe. Sun hails from Kaifeng, Henan, and has lived in Beijing since 1998. In the capital, he has been a porter, a salesman, a bar singer and a music teacher at a school for migrant workers' children.

7 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

'Little Bird' becomes a big help for migrants far and wide

Ten years ago, Wei Wei set up a telephone hotline to help migrant workers just like him. The 'Little Bird' hotline now has centres from Shenzhen to Shenyang and has received 170,000 calls from migrant workers.

Who were you before you set up the hotline?

9 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Premier paints picture of stability despite fears of unrest over bleak job prospects

The mainland maintained social stability over the past eight months despite worries that bleak employment prospects would stir up violence, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday as he pledged that the government would not let down its guard.

Mr Wen said society remained stable as unemployment rose and migrant workers flocked home because they could not find work.

14 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Malaysia revokes visas of 70,000 Bangladeshis

Malaysia has abruptly revoked the work visas of 70,000 Bangladeshis who were to begin arriving this week, in response to a public outcry about migrants taking Malaysian jobs.

Yesterday's decision leaves the workers stranded without jobs in their home country, and out of pocket by up to M$12,000 (HK$25,000) in fees.

11 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Migrants need help to tap their ambitions

There is no doubting the challenges the economic downturn is posing for the mainland. In the past 11 months, 760,000 small and medium-sized businesses have shut down, causing 7 million jobless migrant workers to flood back to their rural homes from the industrialised eastern provinces. Some have returned to find that they no longer have land to farm.

6 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Mass influx of migrants triggers job fears inland

Up to 9 million migrant workers have left coastal areas this year amid diminishing job prospects and falling wages, prompting fears that unemployment in inland provinces may increase sharply next year.

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am