Monday, July 21, 2008

Gov’t urged to prepare for economic dislocation of OFWs - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Gov’t urged to prepare for economic dislocation of OFWs - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "MANILA, Philippines -- Worried over the possible displacement of overseas Filipino workers due to the economic slump that has affected some key countries, a labor group on Monday called on the government to take strong measures to protect OFWs from economic dislocation.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said the government should closely monitor the number of OFWs who would be laid off as foreign employers choose to cut down on labor costs or decide to replace them with locals.

For instance, there could be a possible displacement of workers in Taiwan since relations between the island and mainland China have begun to warm up. The TUCP noted that there were at present some 90,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

OFWs  THREATENED  BY  WARMING  TIES  BETWEEN  CHINA  AND  TAIWAN

OFWs  THREATENED  BY  WARMING  TIES  BETWEEN  CHINA  AND  TAIWAN: "Filipinos might lose jobs in Taiwan following the d├ętente between China and the island nation, according to an association of labor recruiters.

Jackson Gan, Federated Association of Manpower Exporters (FAME) vice president, said the situation is a threat to the employment of 100,000 Filipino workers in Taiwan.

“The warming relations between China and Taiwan could lead to serious loss of jobs for Filipinos unless government exert efforts to increase investments of Taiwanese in the country,” he said.

The increasing good relations between the two countries may encourage Taiwan to move more of its factories to China, where Chinese workers could be hired instead of Filipinos, he added.

However, Gan said the government could revise investment policies to attract Taiwanese industrialists to move their small and medium scale factories to Northern Luzon instead China."