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Vietnamese workforce optimistic about ASEAN common market, survey shows

Up to 92 percent of Vietnamese professionals see the establishment of the regional ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) as a good opportunity to develop their career, according to a recent survey conducted by recruitment firm VietnamWorks.   As many as 52 percent of the respondents believe they will ...

8 fishing 'slaves' pulled from Thai boat in PNG

Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included satellite photos and locations of slave vessels at sea. Two Myanmar ...

Authorities charge Chinese man with illegally transporting Cambodians

Cambodian human trafficking authorities have charged a Chinese national with attempting to illegally transport 18 men to work in China in what one government official said was the first such case of trafficking Cambodian men to the country. Anti-human trafficking police, who are part of the ...

Thailand dismisses US criticism over human trafficking and slavery

Thailand has hit back after being blacklisted in a US report for the second consecutive year for not combatting modern-day slavery, arguing it has made serious steps to tackle human trafficking. The ministry of foreign affairs said the US state department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, “does not ...

Proposed minimum wage gains traction with employers

After initial rejection and amid some continued reluctance, most employers are now ready to accept the K3600 a day minimum wage, provided a few conditions are met, the Ministry of Labour said.    During a meeting on 25 July with employers who had objected to the government-proposed ...

Thailand’s low ranking in human trafficking report could hamper trade deal

With the Obama administration pushing to conclude a vast Asian trade pact, the State Department on 27 July upgraded its assessment of Malaysia’s efforts to combat human trafficking, a move that could ease the country’s inclusion in the trade deal. Though the human trafficking report from the State ...

Ministry approves nationwide union in Myanmar

The Ministry of Labour has officially approved the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM) as Myanmar’s first national-level labour organisation, despite many other unions applying for similar status. The ministry said it approved the CTUM application because it had fulfilled all requirements specified in the Labour ...

High-profile foreign brands back minimum wage for all

Big-name clothing brands sourcing from Myanmar have waded into the minimum wage debate, urging its implementation even as their own suppliers dispute the proposed salary and request an exemption from the law. At the end of June 2015, the government moved to implement the 2013 Minimum ...

Cambodia wage-increase impact up for debate

Recent data from the International Labour Organisation say that despite implementing a $128 minimum wage in January, the Kingdom’s garment and footwear sector has grown by over 10 per cent in the first quarter this year, although experts suggest a wait-and-see approach to determine its ...

Underage African footballers 'trafficked' to Laos

African footballers as young as 14 are being trafficked to Asia and forced to sign contracts, the BBC has learnt. Six minors are still with top Laos side Champasak United, after it imported 23 under-age players from West Africa to an unregistered football academy in February, ...

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