Today in the news on-line 1 March 2012

VIET NAM
Workers return to rural employment:
Nguyen Dai Dong, from the labour ministry, spoke to Thoi bao Kinh te
Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times) about reverse migration.
The interview at:
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/Opinion/221493/workers-return-to-rural-employment.html

CHINA
China to expand migrant workers’ medicare:
China will launch a health scheme to cover migrant workers’ medical
insurance when they seek medical treatment in places other than their
hometown, Health Minister Chen Zhu on Monday said at a national
conference on digital health programs in the coastal province of
Zhejiang. China has more than 200 million rural migrants who have left
their often poverty-stricken hometowns and relocated to coastal areas
for better pay. Most of them enjoy the New Rural Cooperative Medical
Care System, a basic medical insurance for rural residents in China, in
their registered hometowns.

more at:
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-03/01/content_14732862.htm

Shanghai loses out on rising labor costs:
SHANGHAI has lost its title as the most competitive region on the
Chinese mainland in 2010 due to growing labor costs, and fell to third
spot a report by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said yesterday.

more at:
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/?id=495573&type=Business

INDIA
Trade unions warn of further strike:
The combine of 11 central trade unions, which called a nationwide
general strike on Tuesday against the “neo-liberal policies” of the
Centre,” has warned the UPA government of more such intensified
protests if it fails to meet workers’ demands and control the soaring
prices of essential commodities.
The unions sought a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
discuss issues concerning the working class.
Talking to journalists here, president of INTUC (affiliated to the
Congress) G. Sanjeeva Reddy said the unions would wait for the
government’s reaction before taking the next step.
“We hope the government will take positive steps to resolve our
demands,” he said. The agitation, the unions said, was aimed at helping
the workers who faced “anti-labour” policies and not to politicise
issues.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2947198.ece

THAILAND
45,078 workers laid off over flood crisis:
Last year’s flood crisis has forced 122 businesses to lay off 45,078
workers, Employment Department chief Pravit Khiangphol said yesterday.
The Labour Ministry said that from October 1, 2011 to February 15,
28,679 establishments covering 993,944 workers in 29 provinces were
affected by the flooding.
Of the affected firms, 284 with 164,552 people in their employ are
still closed, while 14 businesses employing 5,480 workers have notified
the authorities of permanent closure.

more at:
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/45078-workers-laid-off-over-flood-crisis-30177001.html

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