» 08/18/2010, 00.00
MALAYSIA - INDONESIA
Kuala Lumpur: No minimum wage for foreign workers
The Malaysian government does not intend to adopt Indonesia’s proposal for a "minimum wage” for domestic workers in the country. At least 300 thousand foreign workers in Malaysia, subjected to violence and discrimination.
Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews) - The government in Kuala Lumpur has no intention of adopting the proposed "minimum wage" of 250 dollars per month that Indonesia has asked for its workers engaged as domestic servants in Malaysia. The request is equal to twice the average wage received by approximately 300 thousand Indonesian domestic workers employed in the country.
Jakarta has prohibited its citizens from working for employers in Malaysia, after new cases of abuse were revealed last June. According to the Indonesian government, every year at least 1,000 workers suffer harassment in the country. For its part, Kuala Lumpur talks about "no more than 50 cases" every year.
The Malaysian Minister for Human Resources, S. Subramaniam, however, explains that " Malaysia does not have a minimum wage structure and we feel that wages should be based on market forces. The politician adds, " it is unfair to set a minimum wage for domestic workers from Indonesia if it is not done across the board for other industries "
However, even if the two governments have not yet agreed on the issue, there are improvements in living conditions of women workers: after the scandals linked to harassment, now the Indonesian women have the right to carry their passport and have one day off per week.
Outsourcing and minimum wage: the struggle for the rights of Indonesian workers
In 2014 for the first time the country will celebrate Labor Day on a national scale. Criticism of President Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono, unable to resolve the dispute over "outsourcing" of labor by firms. Industry on a war footing for a prison sentence of a businessman behind in payment.
Chinese workers for McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza-Hut are underpaid
A Chinese daily paper affirms that the American Food store Giants pay their part time workers below the statutory minimum wage. Staff are forced to work 10 straight hours without breaks or rights. Following the newspaper report the government carries out an investigation, calling on the companies to collaborate, while many employees announce their intention to sue.
18/05/2010 MALAYSIA - INDONESIA
Highs and lows of 7th summit between Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur
Joint Committee, maritime boundaries and condition of workers top agenda in talks between Yudhoyono and Najib. Issue of maritime boundaries remains unresolved, while day off and minimum wage for Indonesian workers in Malaysia are discussed. Conditions of domestic workers, victims of abuse and violence.
Slogans and clown masks against suicides at Foxconn
Company management try to stop the wave of suicides among employees with a "spontaneous" rally after work, urging workers to "love life". Hong Kong union: "Just treat them as human beings."
Child labour used to harvest tobacco in Kazakhstan
Human Rights Watch denounces exploitation of child labour for tobacco harvests in Kazakhstan. Among the buyers of this tobacco, Philip Morris, which now calls for careful control on crops.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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