Sunday, February 16, 2014

PAKISTAN:::With no law to protect them,home-based workers continue to be exploited

With no law to protect them,home-based workers continue to be exploited

MALAYSIA:::EPF declares biggest ever dividend payout of RM31.2bil

KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) today declared a dividend rate of 6.35 per cent for the financial year ending Dec 31 2013, representing the biggest ever dividend payout of RM31.2 billion to its members, up 13.66 per cent over the RM27.45 billion paid in 2012.

In a statement, EPF Chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said thanks to the fund’s robust yet prudent investment strategies, its performance has been consistently stable, especially in the past five years. 
“Over the years, we have been diversifying our portfolio, thereby spreading out the scope of our assets to manage market risks and generate consistent returns,” he said.

Sri Lanka:::Moves Against Child Labour Begin

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Government are to work together to eliminate child labour in Sri Lanka, an ILO statement said.

Indonesia - minimum wage must equal living wage now!

At a press conference today in Jakarta, Said Iqbal president of IndustriALL affiliate FSPMI and the KSPI confederation, together with Jyrki Raina, secretary general of IndustriALL Global Union, sent a clear message to the Indonesian government: the minimum wage must be raised to a living wage and all workers must benefit from social security.
Impressive number of demonstrators asking for increased minimum wages.

IndustriALL Global Union secretary general Jyrki Raina expressed the global union’s full support for the Indonesian trade unions’ campaign for continued increases of minimum wages to secure a living wage, the social security reform and limiting outsourcing in favour of decent jobs.

Cambodia:::Government Sets Deadline for Trade Union Law

Representatives of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on Thursday met with Labor Ministry officials to discuss the draft trade union law, which the government plans to put into effect by the end of 2014, an ILO representative said.

Volkswagen Workers in Chattanooga Reject Auto Workers Union

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Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee voted against United Autoworker representation by a margin of 87 votes Friday night, in a painful defeat for the U.S. labor movement seeking to gain a foothold in the traditionally labor-hostile South.
The UAW, which had placed a high stake on its push to expand labor representation to the South, was defeated in a 712-626 vote at the Chattanooga plant, the Associated Press reports.