Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amnesty slams ‘abuse’ of migrant workers in South Korea

SEOUL: Migrant farm workers in South Korea have become victims of rampant abuse under a “shameful” work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.
The report came on the heels of a mission to South Korea by the UN’s special rapporteur on racism, who also cited “serious problems” faced by the growing number of foreign workers hired as low-paid, unskilled manual labourers.

ILO: Weak Employment Growth Depressing Consumption

By Linda Eroke
Weak employment growth, stagnant wages and widening inequality are depressing consumption and deterring investment in many countries, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said.
The international labour body, in a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the World Bank, noted that the slow growth of the global economy in recent years showed signs of becoming a persistent low growth trap.
The organisation observed that growth in the global economy is slowing in 2014, adding that even the forecasts of slight improvement in 2015 are beset with uncertainty.

MALAYSIA:::MTUC: Don't short-change workers

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has warned Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and major shareholder Khazanah Nasional Bhd not to short-change the 6,000 airline employees who may be made redundant under its overhaul plan.