News/Israel: Filipino workers to be assured minimum wage

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Subject: News/Israel: Filipino workers to be assured minimum wage
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Apr 13 2000 - 12:36:20 EDT


Filipino workers to be assured minimum wage
By Gregg Shai Gardner
Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2000

JERUSALEM (April 4) - Labor and Social Affairs Minister Eli Yishai has
agreed to enforce the law that assures Filipino workers employed in Israel
the minimum wage, Philippine Vice President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo told
reporters yesterday in Tel Aviv.

Arroyo, on a mission to drum up Israeli investment in the Philippines, said
that a meeting with Yishai in Jerusalem produced an understanding that
Filipinos would earn the minimum wage, now approximately $700 per month.

According to a spokesman at the the Philippine Embassy, many Filipino
caregivers earn between $500 to $600 per month.

Labor and Social Affairs Ministry spokesman Nahum Ido noted that the
minimum wage law is often ignored because most Filipinos work in private
homes and it is difficult to monitor their salaries. They are also entitled
to various benefits, like paid vacation days, which will now also be more
strictly enforced, he said.

The embassy estimated that there are 25,000 legal Filipino workers in
Israel, mostly aged 23-28.

Arroyo also focused on cooperation in the information technology sector and
in aircraft maintenance. She noted that starting in October, Filipino
students will begin studying information technology at Israeli institutions.

One of the Israeli companies already active in the Philippines is Internet
company Second Opinion, which provides real-time medical advise from
Israeli doctors to residents of the Philippines.

Other companies active in the southeast Asian country include Gilat
Satellite Communications and Degem Systems, an educational software
producer that owns a multimedia center in Manila.

Arroyo, whose father was president of the Philippines in the 1950s, is
visiting Israel for the third time. Today she will meet with Regional
Cooperation Minister Shimon Peres.

Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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