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Threatened, assaulted, trapped: Asia's treatment of domestic workers laid bare

CNN - 27 July 2015 - "The first time she hit me was pay day; she told me to sign my name on a piece of paper, but I asked, 'why should I sign when you didn't give me the money?' Then, she hit me."

Posted by Eliza Marks at Jul 29, 2015 03:08 PM |
Filed under: Domestic workers
Migrant workers decry denial of labor union

The Korea Times - 27 July 2015 - When the Supreme Court last month recognized illegal immigrants' right to belong to a trade union, Park Jin-woo, deputy secretary general of the nation's first migrant workers' union, believed the hurdle to being recognized was cleared.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Jul 29, 2015 03:07 PM |
Plantation workers in Malaysia abused reports WSJ

Free Malaysia Today - 27 July 2015 - Unsuspecting migrant workers brought in by human traffickers are being used as labourers in certain palm oil plantations in Malaysia, producer of 40 per cent of the world’s palm oil supply, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Jul 27, 2015 03:09 PM |
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Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding on Migration of Low Skilled Workers: A Review

ILO instruments have long recognized the potential of bilateral cooperation in the good governance of labour migration flows, and in contributing to the protection of migrant workers. In the recent past, bilateral labour arrangements (BLAs) such as bilateral agreements (BAs) and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) on labour migration have gained significance as tools to facilitate the cross-border movement of workers. Through a systematic comparison of BAs and MOUs on low-skilled labour migration across regions, and using a set of good practice criteria based on international standards and norms as a benchmark, ILO/KNOMAD research undertaken in 2014 throws light on major issues involved. It places particular emphasis on provisions ensuring good governance in facilitating labour migration processes, protecting human and labour rights of migrant workers, and reaping development benefits of migration.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM |
Filed under: MOU/BLA
VIDEO: ASEAN TRIANGLE Financial Education Campaign in Singapore: Development, Implementation and Results

The ASEAN TRIANGLE Financial Education Course is designed to be conducted for migrant workers from the ASEAN region. It has been piloted in Singapore and will soon be implemented in Malaysia and Thailand. This video shows how the financial literacy materials were developed, tested, and used.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Jul 19, 2015 12:00 AM |
Filed under: Financial literacy
VIDEO: ASEAN TRIANGLE Financial Education Course: Enhancing the Development Contribution of Migrant Workers

The ASEAN TRIANGLE Financial Education Course is designed to be conducted for migrant workers from the ASEAN region. It has been piloted in Singapore and will soon be implemented in Malaysia and Thailand. This video will be shown to migrant workers during their post-arrival orientation in Singapore to encourage them to enhance their financial literacy skills.

Posted by Eliza Marks at Jul 19, 2015 12:00 AM |
Filed under: Financial literacy
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