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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Domestic Workers
Singapore Domestic helpers to undergo new programmes on Singapore's security Channel News Asia . (21 December 2016)
By Wai Kit, Leong.

In addition to training in areas like work safety, all maids who plan to work in Singapore will soon have to take part in new programmes that stress the importance of the country's security.

The 11-point demand includes the issuing of new work permits for migrant workers, reduction in costs for the work permits and the number of required documents, the right to association, and full human rights for domestic workers.

On-demand services  expanding by up to 60 percent month-on-month in India, but many of India's domestic workers, most of them women, are forced to work up to 18 hours a day and face dire living conditions, abuse and violence.

Indonesia Domestic Worker Abuse in Malaysia Highlights Lack of Action From Indonesia The Jakarta Globe . (19 December 2016)

A local NGO fighting for migrant workers has pleaded for the Indonesian government to do more to protect Indonesian domestic workers facing abuse in Malaysia.

United Arab Emirates Tighter employment laws to ensure better protection for UAE domestic workers. The National . (18 December 2016)

Domestic workers will be assured of greater protection as their employment will soon be regulated by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. Domestic workers will be assured of greater protection as their employment will soon be regulated by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. The new procedure will begin in Dubai early next year, and be expanded to the rest of the country by the summer, it was announced at the weekend.

Singapore New shelter for foreign domestic workers to open in 2017. Channel News Asia . (18 December 2016)
By Chia, Alice.

Foreign domestic workers embroiled in disputes will soon be able to get more support, with the launch of a new shelter for them, the Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) announced in a media release on Sunday.

Lebanon Lebanon cancels 181 domestic worker agencies' licenses. Zawya . (16 December 2016)

Caretaker Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi canceled 181 domestic worker recruitment agencies' licenses Thursday before suspending a further 130 as part of a crackdown on foreign labor law violations.

China, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region Indonesia Indonesian helpers in Hong Kong to gain renewal option as consul general tackles overcharging. SCMP . (15 December 2016)

Indonesian domestic workers and their employers in Hong Kong will no longer be obliged to file contract renewals through agencies from January 1, under a new policy by the country's consulate in the city that could stop agencies from illegally forcing the workers to pay the renewal fees.

By Hall, Richard.

Lebanese authorities have detained two Nepalese migrant domestic workers who were involved with campaigning for greater rights for foreign workers in the country.

Mexico Union winning fight for domestic workers. Mexico News Daily . (13 December 2016)

The efforts of a new trade union, with support from the National Council to Prevent Discrimination, or Conapred, have now made it mandatory in certain states for employers who hire unionized domestic workers to do so under established contracts.