For migrants’ sake, Taiwan and Philippine governments should resolve crisis now

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Taiwanese youth expressing support for Filipino migrants (photo courtesy: Peter Wan)

May 16, 2013 Statement
(Scroll down for Spanish translations)

Protect the Filipino migrants in Taiwan
Taiwan and Philippine governments should resolve crisis now

Filipino migrants are innocent. They should be protected.

This is the call of the International Migrants’ Alliance as it urgently demands both the Philippine and Taiwanese governments to immediately resolve the conflict that rose from the May 9 shooting of a 65-year old Taiwanese fisherman.

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Migrant and Local Workers: Unite and Collectively Fight for Rights, Lives and Dignity

Statement of the IMA for the May 2013 International Labour Day

End the Neoliberal Globalization Agenda Now!

Migrant and Local Workers: Unite and Collectively Fight for Rights, Lives and Dignity

Migrant workers all over the world will go out today to join their local brothers and sisters in celebrating the 2013 International Labor Day.

A momentous day to be celebrated by remembering the many victories of many years of united and collective struggle from the working class – livable wages, eight working hours, better working conditions, fair and just contracts, rights and welfare benefits. It is worthy to include in these victories those that have been won by migrant workers themselves – passage of international conventions and national laws aiming to protect the rights of migrants, increase in wages of a few sections of the migrant sector, recognition of domestic work as work, among many others.

Yet, such a momentous day deserves to be celebrated with renewed fervor and renewal of commitment from the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) as many of these rights and victories are being eroded. Continue reading