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Saudi Arabia – Visa ban on workers from Ebola hit countries

2 September 2014

Saudi Arabia has stopped granting visas to workers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three countries that have been worst-hit by the Ebola virus, the Labour Ministry announced, reports uk.news.yahoo.com.

The preventive measure is based on directives from the foreign and health ministries to avoid...

Australia – Changes to workplace laws will worsen gender pay gap

2 September 2014

The current average pay gap between men and women (18.2%) will worsen under the Government’s proposed changes to workplace laws due before the Senate this week, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).

Ged Kearney, President of ACTU, said women face particular risk of being exploited...

Saudi Arabia – Thousands of companies fined for flouting labour laws

2 September 2014

Over the past nine months Saudi Arabia’s ministry of Labour has issued fines of SAR 10 million (USD 2.6 million) to companies that have flouted the country’s strict labour laws, reports mubasher.com.

The Labour Ministry identified more than 62,000 violations of the countries labour laws during its...

India – Greater recognition of temporary work needed to improve conditions

1 September 2014

The number of temporary workers, known locally as flexi-staff, working for the government and in the public sector increased by 720,000 between 2011 and 2013, according to figures from the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), reports mydigitalfc.com.

According to the ISF, there are 12.3 million temporary...

Japan – Randstad expands Tokyo head office following growth in Professionals segment

1 September 2014

Randstad has launched the next phase of its aggressive growth plan in Japan with the opening of its new, larger Tokyo Head Office. The company’s growth has largely been driven by the emphasis on its Professionals (mid-career) recruitment business, with plans to provide greater HR services to Japanese...

UAE – Wage protection system safeguarding salary payments to migrant workers

1 September 2014

Until five years ago, there was no mechanism available to track the payment of salaries in the UAE, which led to the advent of the Wages Protection System (WPS), by the Ministry of Labour, reports constructionweekonline.com.

After five years in action, the WPS has been declared a success, having brought...

Philippines – Fake recruiters arrested in police sting operation

1 September 2014

Two Filipino women posing a recruiters have been arrested in the capital city of Manila after promising to secure work in Japan for seven jobseekers, reports newsinfo.inquirer.net.

Following a police sting operation, the women were arrested at a fast-food restaurant where they had agreed to meet the seven...

Australia – Ashley Services posts strong growth following acquisition

29 August 2014

Newly listed Australian staffing firm Ashley Services Group (ASH: ASX) today reported revenue of AUD 287.1 million (USD 268.5 million) for the year ending 30 June 2014, an increase of +63.1%, compared with AUD 176 million (USD 164.6 million) a year ago.

Revenue from the company’s labour hire division...

Australia – Cheaper foreign workers under new government plan

29 August 2014

Australia’s Labour Party has warned that bringing in foreign workers on lower wages would reduce Australian wages. The warning follows reports that the Federal Government plans to ease labour shortages by enabling employers to hire foreign workers on salaries up to -10% below standard rates for skilled...

Philippines – Appeals to amend labour laws ahead of ASEAN integration

29 August 2014

The Filipino government has appealed to Congress to amend labour laws to better equip Filipino workers for the upcoming Southeast Asian regional integration, reports Business World.

Speaking at a briefing in the House of Representatives, Labour Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido asked lawmakers...