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Labour Commission pushes for more facilities for migrant workers

HONG KONG (SE): Law Pui-shan, policy research officer for the Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs, urged Hong Kong people to show more understanding about the activities of foreign domestic workers in public places. 
 

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Movie on domestic worker sheds light into their struggles

HONG KONG (SE): The Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong celebrated National Women’s Month with the screening of Martika, a movie highlighting the struggles of both overseas workers and their employers on March 25. 
 
The 60-minute feature film, directed by Wong Fei-pang, calls attention to Filipino domestic workers, whose presence may have been ignored but exposes that they matter to Hong Kong in more ways than is currently thought of.
 

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Philippine bishops back migrant rights deal with Kuwait

Manila (UCAN): The Philippine bishops’ Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People is pressing the county’s government to ensure that a deal about to be struck with Kuwait guaranteeing protection for Filipino workers, most of whom are domestic helpers, is adhered to.
 
Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga, head of the commission, said the government should see to it that the provisions in the proposed deal are implemented.
 

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Live-in rule leads to more abuse, groups argue

HONG KONG (SE): Migrant rights groups, and a spokesperson of the Justice and Peace Commission, expressed disappointment over the February 14 High Court ruling to uphold the mandatory live-in policy for foreign domestic workers, as it showed a lack of understanding of their plight.
 
Nancy Almorin Lubiano, a Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong, lost the judicial review when the court ruled that the live-in arrangement is one of the requirements of working in Hong Kong and there is no direct relationship between abuses and the live-in arrangement.

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Consulate fluffs but workers pay

HONG KONG (SE): It is a double whammy for overseas foreign workers,” Dolores Balladares, from United Filipinos Hong Kong, said of the failure of the Philippine Consulate General to ensure migrant workers filled out the correct forms for the Hong Kong Immigration Department when renewing their job contracts.

The contracts need to be processed by the Philippine authorities before they can be sent to the Hong Kong government office for approval.

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Manipulated income level means industry can pay little

HONG KONG (SE): Migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong are again disappointed at the 2.4 per cent increase in their monthly  minimum allowable wage granted by a government board that operates in a silence protected from public scrutiny.

In refusing to grant the increase from $4,210 to $5,000 as requested by the workers, the board cited the short term economic outlook for the city, as well as the balance between the needs of migrant workers and the ability of the industry to pay.

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Getting serious about upgrading skills

HONG KONG (SE): The Domestic Workers Empowerment Project, held at the campus of the University of Hong Kong, entered its second stage in February this year with more diversified subjects included in the programme.

To encourage participants to put more effort into enhancing their knowledge, those admitted into the programme had to meet some qualifying requirements to take part in the second phase.

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Who are the scribes and Pharisees in the right of abode debate?

 

The recent judicial review for foreign domestic workers on their right of abode seems to have torn Hong Kong apart.

Newspaper columns make remarks, legislators express their views and groups rally, but the bulk of mainstream opinion has been against foreign domestic workers having the right to apply for abode.

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