A Government investigation has found dozens of migrant workers employed with subcontractors of broadband company Chorus have been exploited. The Labour Inspectorate investigation has found that 73 subcontractors rolling out broadband networks throughout Auckland had breached minimum employment standards. "We were made aware that migrant workers in the broadband industry were potentially being exploited by various subcontracting companies undertaking work on behalf of Chorus," said Labour Inspectorate national manager Stu Lumsden. The New Zealand employers caught exploiting workers Major increase in NZ hospitality workers being exploited Migrant workers should be paid more - Immigration Minister "Breaches we observed to-date included contracting employers failing to maintain employment records, pay employees' minimum wage, holiday entitlements, and provide employment agreements. "Many of these employees represent a vulnerable section of the New Zealand workforce that … [Read more...] about Chorus subcontractors ‘exploiting’ migrant employees
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A "mafia" of recruitment agents is trapping Myanmar migrants to Thailand in debt bondage despite a 2017 law meant to fight exploitation in the kingdom's notoriously shadowy job market, activists and workers say. Migrant labour -- much of it from Myanmar -- has propped up Thailand's economy for years, with foreigners working everywhere from factories to fishing boats, part of a global chain to produce standard supermarket items such as frozen shrimps, ready meals and pet food. After allegations of slave labour and trafficking prompted the European Union to threaten a ban on Thai products in 2015, the kingdom's ruling junta has scrambled to clean up industries reliant on a migrant workforce. The new law that came into force in July last year was meant to crack down on a shady recruitment process, which left desperate migrants vulnerable to corrupt brokers and exploitative companies. But more than a year later, foreign workers and labour experts say a lack of enforcement and government … [Read more...] about Extortion and abuse: Myanmar workers arrive debt-laden in Thailand
AT last we’re finally getting to the nub of the Brexit issue. The thing which convinced an awful lot of British people to vote Leave two years ago. Immigration. A vexed issue. Complain about it and people will call you a racist. That’s a popular way of shutting down debate these days. Just screech “raaacisst” at someone. I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the reasons Leave won the referendum — because ordinary people were sick of being called racist when they simply worried about the millions of people who have arrived here in the past ten years. About seven million, in fact. An astonishing number. The Prime Minister is about to draw up her plans for immigration post-Brexit. She will be taking advice from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). It has suggested we allow in skilled workers who might be vital to our economy. It has also suggested we clamp down on low-skilled migrants. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox fails to back Theresa … [Read more...] about Why do lefties continue to ignore the mass exploitation of migrant workers?
At the French migrant workers' hostel where "Spiderman" Mamoudou Gassama was sleeping on a floor before becoming a folk hero for saving a child, his exploits have triggered a wave of pride tinged with envy. This week television crews swarmed the centre in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil to find out more about the 22-year-old Malian who was captured on video scaling an apartment block to bring a child hanging from a balcony to safety. Many residents were unaware the shy youth was living at the hostel and happy to see him hailed for his bravery by President Emmanuel Macron and being placed on a fast track to French citizenship. "He lives here? It's incredible," said Adama Kone, a 35-year-old Mauritania native. The all-male facility, which has an official capacity of 430 but houses many more, is part of a network of hostels built to accommodate a wave of migrant workers arriving from Africa starting in the 1960s. On his arrival in France in September 2017 after travelling the … [Read more...] about Spiderman’s French fairy tale sparks migrant pride and envy
Some frustrated migrants are giving up and going home because they say new rules make it harder to work and stay in New Zealand. In the year to April, more than 30,000 non-New Zealand citizens who had been here on a permanent or long-term basis left this country - up 23 per cent on the year before, according to Statistics NZ. As a result, annual net migration is down 4800 from a high point a year ago. Most were temporary migrants who arrived on student and work visas, experts believe. Immigration policy changes introduced last year have made it harder for temporary migrants to gain residency. "There is less enthusiasm for post-study options for international students, who are defined as permanent and long-term if they have been in New Zealand for more than 12 months," said Massey University sociologist and immigration expert Professor Paul Spoonley. "But the Government has signalled that the labour market test is under review. This signals an intention to require employers to seek New … [Read more...] about Tough rules see migrants go home