New labor policy to hit Filipino workers in New Zealand

UNTV News   •   May 4, 2017   •   6584

NEW ZEALAND – Paul Gatchalian is a Filipino working as a technical sales representative in New Zealand for more than a year now.

Gatchalian said he has not experienced any difficulty in finding work in the said country as he is an international student.

Such is the case also of another Filipino migrant worker, Michael Valle, who finished a course in business studies and now has a stable job.

Valle said he needed P500,000 for his one year tuition, aside from the expenses for his rent and food.

Despite a number of opportunities and high salary, they advise job seekers to be wise and weigh in the possibilities before applying, especially these days.

Gatchalian, who has a 1 year visa said, “Yung batas ng immigration [dito sa New Zealand] medyo mahigpit. Kaya bago po kayo pumasok dito kailangan alamin muna natin ang batas nila sa immigration para hindi tayo mahirapan (The immigration laws here are very strict. So before you come here. Know their laws on immigration first so you won’t have any difficulty).”

Michael Valle, holder of open job search visa, said, “Dapat pag-isipan mabuti ng isang migrante bago pumunta sa bansang ito… ano yung mga requirements na kailangan mo magamit o madala para maging eligible ka sa ganung antas ng sahod (Those who want to come here must think about it thoroughly first… you must know the requirements you need to bring so you can be eligible for the level of salary offered here).”

New Zealand immigration minister, Michael Woodhouse, has announced recently the implementation of a new immigration policy.

This new policy requires the companies to prioritize the hiring of Kiwis or New Zealand nationals who are capable of the job they offer.

An employee, who is a prioritized skilled visa holder, will receive a yearly minimum income of 49, 000 NZ dollars or equivalent to 1.6 million pesos. While highly-skilled workers can get an annual income of 73,000 NZ dollars or 2.5 million pesos.

The processing of temporary visa will begin in August while the implementation of minimum annual wage will start in July. — Nina Bascon| UNTV News & Rescue

NBI willing to send team to Libya to look into the death of 4 Pinoy oil workers

Marje Pelayo   •   March 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is willing to send a forensic team to Libya to dig into the case of four Filipinos killed in the country.

But NBI Spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said he has not received an official request from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

“I have yet to receive the official request of DFA thru our Ambassador to Libya His Excellency Elmer Cato. Willing to send a team depending on the request of DFA and the approval from DOJ,” he said.

“We have initial coordination with the immediate family members and relatives of the victims,” he added.

All four Filipinos were oil workers abducted and killed by Daesh terrorists in Libya six years ago.

At present, Lavin assured that the NBI is in coordination with the victims’ families.

Filipino workers in Czech Republic to enjoy minimum wage increase starting January 2021

Marje Pelayo   •   December 14, 2020

Workers in the Czech Republic, including Filipino workers, will receive an increase in their monthly minimum wage starting January 2021.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced the good news as the Republic’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs emphasized that workers will receive a monthly minimum wage of 15,200 Czech Koruna (CZK) up to 30,400 CZK, based on the worker’s job classification. 

Starting next year, the following monthly rates will apply to workers with a specified weekly working time of 40 hours:  

CZK 15,200 (P33,000) for kitchen helpers, seamstresses, cleaners, delivery man (1st classification of jobs)  

CZK 16,800 (P37,000) for diggers, scaffolders, maids, traffic aids or asphalt layers (2nd classification of jobs)  

CZK 18,500 (P40,000) for bricklayers, plumber, plumber and heating engineers, waiter, bartender, barber (3rd classification of jobs)  

CZK 20,500 (P45,000) for guide and interpreters, specialist chef, tailor in model and custom productions (4th classification of jobs)  

CZK 22,600 (P49,000) for bus drivers, dispatchers, paramedics, general nurses, midwives, accountants market researchers, kindergarten teachers (5th classification of jobs)  

CZK 24,900 (P53,000) for sales clerks, special pedagogues, network administrators, and IT system creators (6th classification of jobs)  

CZK 27,500 (P60,000) for financial experts, doctors, pharmacists, marketing experts or programmers (7thclassification of jobs)  

CZK 30,400 (P67,000) for experts in financial and businesses organizations, and scientists (8th classification of jobs) 

Meanwhile, the new minimum wage rates are still subject to deductions for income tax and social security contributions.

The said increase in the minimum wage was made by the Government of Czech in consideration to the demand of the union and the business sector in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Zealand’s health minister resigns after coronavirus criticism

UNTV News   •   July 2, 2020

New Zealand’s embattled Health Minister David Clark resigned on Thursday (July 2) after security slip-ups at quarantine facilities where the coronavirus was detected just days after officials declared it had been eliminated from the country.

Clark was also under fire for personally breaching strict lockdown rules twice earlier in the year, by taking his family on a beach trip and driving to a mountain biking track.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who had earlier refused calls to sack Clark, citing his critical role in the country’s response to the pandemic, said she agreed with his decision.

Recent opinion polls have Ardern’s Labour Party far ahead of its main rival National Party, putting it on track to win a Sept. 19 general election, but public confidence in her government has been undermined by a series of blunders.

Ardern had declared in early June that New Zealand had eliminated coronavirus, although she warned there would almost certainly be new cases, as she lifted social distancing restrictions.

Just days later it was revealed that two women who arrived from Britain who were allowed to leave quarantine early on compassionate grounds later tested positive for the virus.

Ardern appointed Education Minister Chris Hipkins as interim health minister until the September election, after which she said she would consider a permanent replacement. (Reuters)

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