UAE’s Filipino domestic workers still underpaid

Published by rudy Date posted on October 27, 2012

A recent article published by Emirates 24/7 indicates that a substantial number of Filipino domestic workers in the UAE currently receive less than minimum wage. Minimum wage for Filipino domestic workers is set at $400 per month but many recruitment agencies advertise positions for DH900 (approximately $250.00). The brief report features interviews with several domestic…

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Published by rudy Date posted on October 9, 2012

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Many Pinay maids in Dubai still getting lower than minimum wage — report

Published by rudy Date posted on September 29, 2012

Many Filipino maids in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are still getting salaries lower than the minimum wage, a report of the news site Emirates 24/7 said. The report quoted Joana, a Filipina maid as saying she knows she is entitled to a higher wage but chose to accept a lower offer because…

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Escape from Syria: Repatriated Filipinas recount tales of horror

Published by rudy Date posted on September 12, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Ruth Pana remembered one of the sons of her Syrian employer being killed by government forces in Damascus. “His chest was opened like there was large steel that passed through it,” Pana said, sobbing. “Do you know that we buried him at the back of the house because there were no…

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Employers of runaway OFWs blacklisted

Published by rudy Date posted on August 19, 2012

Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW) Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has issued an order banning the deployment of domestic workers to employers overseas whose workers have run away due to abuse. If there are reports that an employer is abusive, he or she should not be able to hire Filipino workers again, the labor chief…

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Domestic workers with unfit lodgings in Hong Kong may file complaints

Published by rudy Date posted on July 27, 2012

The Hong Kong Immigration Department said foreign domestic helpers who are not provided proper accommodation by their employers may file a complaint with the Hong Kong government.

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Hiring ban spurs ‘maids for rent’ in Middle East

Published by rudy Date posted on July 17, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – “Normina,” a Filipina domestic worker in Saudia Arabia, ran away years ago from her employer after she was abused, but still works in the country as an illegal “maid for rent.” With no contract and therefore no rights, she is employed by two Saudi families, has no days off and makes 800…

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Pinoy nurses settle discrimination case vs Baltimore hospital

Published by rudy Date posted on July 3, 2012

Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The hospital has agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to four Filipino employees who accused to hospital for discriminating against them for speaking Tagalog at the workplace.

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2 hurt in ship explosion

Published by rudy Date posted on June 29, 2012

Manila, Philippines – Two Filipino seafarers were injured in a sea vessel explosion in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reported yesterday.

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Between loneliness and high wages

Published by rudy Date posted on May 28, 2012

Filipino Workers Face Sacrifices In Korea, New Land Of Opportunity MANILA, Philippines — To many Filipinos, South Korea beckons as the new land of opportunity. And the key to the gate of that land is the Employment Permit System (EPS).

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Many OFWs safe from abuse

Published by rudy Date posted on March 31, 2012

Manila, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said yesterday that majority of migrant Filipino workers are safe from abuse and maltreatment.

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Appeals court overturns maid residency ruling

Published by rudy Date posted on March 29, 2012

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday overturned a landmark ruling that opened the door for thousands of foreign maids to claim residency in the southern Chinese city.

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Fewer Pinoys leaving country as illegal workers

Published by rudy Date posted on February 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines –  Fewer Filipinos are leaving the country as “illegal” workers. Data from the Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) showed a declining number of undocumented Filipinos abroad in the past decade.

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Taiwan official apologizes over abuse of Pinay maids

Published by rudy Date posted on February 19, 2012

TAIPEI — A Taiwanese official suspended from her post yesterday apologized for hurting Taiwan’s image after she was deported by the United States over a maid abuse case.

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Spain OFWs join calls to stop closure of diplomatic offices

Published by rudy Date posted on February 1, 2012

Filipino workers in Spain have joined calls to stop the closure of Philippine diplomatic missions this year as they decried the government’s plan to cease the operation of the country’s three-year-old consulate in Barcelona.

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HK maids join rush for residency status

Published by rudy Date posted on January 21, 2012

HONGKONG—The number of domestics applying for permanent residency here has gone up to an average of more than 200 a month from just one before a landmark ruling in 2010 saying an Immigration ordinance stopping domestics from gaining permanent residency is unconstitutional.

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US high court ruling for Pinoy could stall massive deportation

Published by rudy Date posted on January 9, 2012

A decision by the United States Supreme Court last month, staying the deportation of a Filipino immigrant convicted of voluntary manslaughter, could slow down the deportation of nearly 393,000 people in the fiscal year that ended September 30, half of whom were considered criminals.

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7,200 Filipinos in jail abroad

Published by rudy Date posted on December 8, 2011

House leaders on Wednesday expressed alarm over the rising cases of Filipinos landing in jail abroad, with their number exceeding 7, 200.

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US school ordered to pay Pinoy teachers

Published by rudy Date posted on December 4, 2011

CHICAGO – The US Department of Labor has ordered a school board in Shreveport, Louisiana to pay 43 of the 300 Filipino school teachers $57,380 for the board’s failure to pay for their immigration fees and for underpaying them with entry level rates although they have advanced degrees.

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Overstaying OFW inmates in Saudi seek assistance

Published by rudy Date posted on November 21, 2011

Although that they had already served their respective jail terms, they are still staying in jail instead of being free and spend their Christmas back in the Philippines with their loved ones.

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RP Embassy in Saudi quizzes OFW ‘blood trade’ report

Published by rudy Date posted on November 5, 2011

The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia questioned the veracity of reports that many undocumented Filipinos had been selling blood in Saudi Arabia to survive, saying only legal workers are allowed to do so as residence permits must be presented before the procedure is permitted.

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Philippines toughens rules for sending maids to UAE

Published by rudy Date posted on October 31, 2011

New contracts must include minimum wage of Dh1,500 and allowing maids to keep passports The Philippines has told employers in the UAE they must pay its domestic workers at least Dh1,500 a month and ensure they keep their passports with them all the time before it allows them to work in the country.

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Migrante urges gov’t to seek clarification from Saudi on ‘salary protection policy’

Published by rudy Date posted on October 30, 2011

Amid the announcement of Saudi Arabia labor ministry that it is going to implement a ceiling on remittances by expatriate workers including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) “to protect its economy,” a Filipino migrants rights group yesterday urged the Philippine government to seek clarification on the host government about “salary protection” policy.

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Hong Kong court junks bid to suspend maid ruling

Published by rudy Date posted on October 27, 2011

A Hong Kong court rejected a government bid Wednesday to suspend the processing of residency applications by foreign maids after a key ruling last month paved the way for them to settle in the city.

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‘More and more foreign workers now know what to do’

Published by rudy Date posted on October 17, 2011

Filipino workers on Saipan attend an information caravan organized by the United Filipino Organization and hosted by the Philippine Consulate General yesterday at the Filcom Pavilion in Susupe. (Clarissa V. David) The fairly good turnout of Filipino workers at the start of the information caravan series held yesterday at the Filcom Pavilion in Susupe signifies…

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Inside the world of the Filipino hostess

Published by rudy Date posted on October 15, 2011

(This is the second of two excerpts from Rhacel Salazar Parrenas’s new book, Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration, and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo.) I SPENT nine months in Tokyo working as a hostess in a working-class club in one of the city’s many red-light districts, frequented by members of the yakuza, the Japanese crime syndicates. This…

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Almost all Filipinos in Syria undocumented – DFA

Published by rudy Date posted on October 5, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Almost all Filipino workers in Syria are undocumented, making it hard for the Philippine government to repatriate them from the strife-torn country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Maids residency ruling sparks protest in HK

Published by rudy Date posted on October 3, 2011

Around 500 Hong Kong nationals yesterday rallied to protest against a landmark court ruling which could allow thousands of foreign maids the right to permanent residency.

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Pinay wins landmark Hong Kong residency case

Published by rudy Date posted on October 1, 2011

A Hong Kong court yesterday ruled Friday that a law banning foreign maids from permanent residency in the city is unconstitutional, in a landmark case that could pave the way for a flood of applications.

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CFO, ABS-CBN join hands to serve Pinoys abroad

Published by rudy Date posted on September 30, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) is partnering with ABS-CBN to find ways to serve Filipinos abroad.

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