KATHMANDU, Nov 18: In the first three months of the current fiscal year, the UAE has become the primary labor destination for Nepali youths seeking employment abroad. According to data from the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE), 37,492 young people arrived in the UAE for work between mid-July and mid-October of the current fiscal year alone. This group includes 7,015 women and 30,477 men.

Among the major inflictions rendered by the COVID-19 pandemic globally, changes in the nature of work and preference of work mode have been enormous. According to Statista, a German online platform that specializes in data gathering and visualization, gig work will generate $455 billion in 2023 globally, up 53% from 2020.

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: The government has hiked the minimum wages of workers in the informal sector beginning July 17, 2023. With the new decision, the monthly wage of informal sector workers is fixed at Rs 17,300.

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: CPN-UML's General Secretary Shanker Pokharel has said that the minimum wage of the workers that has to be increased every two years has remained the same in the last three years.

A Step in the Right Direction

August 12, 2023 07:35 am

In a significant move that underscores its commitment to safeguarding the interests and well-being of its citizens working abroad, the government has announced a decision to provide Rs 1 million to the families of Nepali migrant workers in case of an unfortunate event of their demise while working overseas.

KATHMANDU, July 19: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the agencies concerned to pay compensation to the migrant Nepali workers who were stopped by the TIA Immigration Office while going for foreign employment. Citing the financial losses incurred by the workers, the NHRC has objected to the ban imposed by the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office on youths who have taken institutional labor permits for foreign employment.

KATHMANDU, July 17: The government has stepped up efforts for revising the existing minimum wage of workers effective from the new fiscal year (FY 2023/24), which is starting from Monday.

KALIKOT, May 6: As the signs of economic recession are increasing in the country, a huge number of people are going to India in search of work from Karnali province.

KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Workers of hotel and restaurants have warned to close all the eateries throughout the country from February 19 in protest of the Supreme Court (SC)’s verdict to scrap 10 percent service charge.

The most comprehensive research done on the topic of inequality shows that in the year 1820, the average income of the global top 10 percent was 18 times higher than the bottom 50 percent while that number skyrocketed 38 times in the year 2020. The primary driver of this income disparity is financial deregulation, lack of unions, poor safety nets and the growth in executive pay and bonuses that far outstrips the salary growth of average blue and white collar workers.

KATHMANDU, May 1: Nepali Congress President (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba has demanded that the government announce relief packages for the workers and small traders hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BEIJING, Jan 24: Eleven workers trapped for two weeks by an explosion inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, April 18: Reconstruction of the historic monument, Dharahara, in the federal capital has been going on even when the entire country is under lockdown.

KATHMANDU, April 18: The Valley Municipalities' Forum (VMF) Kathmandu has urged the workers not to leave the Kathmandu Valley.

COVID-19 and vulnerable workers

March 31, 2020 09:58 am

The human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future—economic, social and developmental—will be affected. Our response must be urgent, coordinated and on a global scale, and should immediately deliver help to those most in need.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The Supreme Court has ordered the government to make arrangements to make post-mortem examinations mandatory for all Nepali migrant workers dying abroad.

Missing workers found dead

August 10, 2019 17:20 pm

DHADING, Aug 10: Two workers who had gone missing after getting trapped into a deep pit created by an excavator during illegal quarrying of river products have been found dead.

Agriculture and poverty

August 4, 2019 01:30 am

So long as we fail to retain agricultural workers the much-hyped agenda of poverty alleviation through massive agricultural production will remain a far cry

KATHMANDU, Aug 2: Two workers have died of asphyxiation while cleaning up Melamchi water supply pipeline at Balaju in the capital on Friday morning.

Developing migration diplomacy

July 30, 2019 01:00 am

Nepal should develop a migration diplomacy to safeguard rights and welfare of migrant workers, while maintaining long-term economic interests in the Gulf countries and beyond

KATHMANDU, July 21: Almost 100,000 PAN cards have been issued by Inland Revenue Department (IRD) after the government made Permanent Account Number (PAN) card mandatory for all salaried workers from the current Fiscal Year 2019/20.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Women home-based workers play significant role in production and processing of large cardamom, according to a World Bank study released on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, June 21: Seventeen workers trapped inside the tunnel of under-construction Rasuwagadhi Hydropower Project were rescued alive on Friday morning, some 11 hours after the incident.

RASUWA, June 21: The 15 workers became trapped in the under-construction tunnel of Rasuwagadhi hydropower tunnel after the landslide struck.

Nepal signs labor pact with UAE

June 15, 2019 04:00 am

KATHMANDU, June 15: Nepal has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for sending Nepali workers to the Gulf country with employers responsible to bear all costs, including but not limited to recruitment, employment, residency, agency fees, airfare, insurance, and medical test.

KATHMANDU, June 14: Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding on migrant workers amidst a special function in Geneva today.

SINDHUPALCHOK, June 4: Six months have elapsed since the Italian contractor Cooperative Muratori e Cementisti (CMC) di Ravenna has left the project work of Melamchi Drinking Water Project in Melamchi, Sindhupalchowk district but the workers and contractors related this project are yet to receive their payment thereby further enraging them.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 8: Chinese railroad workers were highly disciplined and well organized, and they made huge contributions to the first American Transcontinental Railroad that put the United States on a path to economic prosperity, a docent of the California State Railroad Museum told Xinhua Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, May 1: The 130th International Workers’ Day, is being marked across the country today. The Day is being marked since 1890 in recognition to the 1986’s workers’ movement that demanded respect to work in the US.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Two people have been killed whereas one injured as the cable of construction lift breaks at Bir Hospital.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Meclamchi Khanepani Aayojana Pidit Sangharsha Samiti has demanded with the government to provide salaries and allowances to around 800 staffers.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: A high-level task force formed to study the possibility of enrolling workers going for foreign employment in the country’s social security system has recommended to the government to include them in foreign employment provident fund and various social security schemes of the government.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the country would achieve economic prosperity with the labor of skilled and capable workers.

More youths head home for Dashain

October 13, 2018 04:30 am

JAJARKOT, Oct 13: With the increase in the flow of people visiting their hometowns from outside of the district and country, the villages and markets of Jajarkot have become lively. Those who live away from their loved ones for education, job, and other purposes have started arriving at their villages adding to the Dashain fervor.

Sorrows of Nepali migrant workers

September 23, 2018 02:00 am

Unless Nepali missions abroad are solely authorized to attest employer institutions’ demand letters migration won’t be safe and rewarding

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: Strike of public transport workers has disrupted supply of petroleum products across the country.

ILAM, Aug 6: A total of 3 million workers are engaged in tea industry of Nepal. But only 3,244 them are hired on permanent basis, a survey shows.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31: The Home Ministry of Malaysia will brief the Cabinet on Friday (Aug 3) over the Nepalese government's decision to bar its workers from coming to Malaysia.

AMSTERDAM, July 28: The World Health Organization says female sex workers are 13.5 percent more likely to be infected with HIV than other women of reproductive age.Sex workers took center stage at the International Aids Conference in Amsterdam Thursday, using music and dance to press home a serious message: "We are people too, and we have rights."

The government of Nepal has barred its workers from coming to Malaysia with immediate effect.

KHOTANG, July 24: Different social organizations joined hands to provide food assistance to 36 Nepalis who remain stranded in Saudi Arabia for the past five days after their company expelled them over a salary row.

KATHMANDU, July 19: Health workers all over the country are boycotting Out Patient Departments at all hospitals and health facilities from Thursday, to express their solidarity with the fast-unto-death staged by Dr Govinda KC, senior orthopedic surgeon and professor at the Institute of Medicine.

JUMLA, June 26: Blaming government for not providing salary and allowance to local level health workers, Jumla based health workers have started sit-in protest at District Administrative Office (DAO). They are asking for immediate salary and allowance.

KATHMANDU, June 25: Thirty six Nepali workers sustained minor injuries after a factory bus carrying around 38 workers overturned after crashing into a road divider at Tingkat Paya Terubong, Ayer Itam in Malaysia early morning today, according to a local newspaper.

JHARKHAND, INDIA, June 23: The head of the Kochange village school, from where five women working with an NGO were allegedly abducted and later gang-raped, has been booked for not reporting the incident to police, an official said today.

SIRAHA, June 18: Health workers working under various local units of Siraha have expressed their disappointment toward the government for depriving them of their salaries and perks since five months.

SANKHUWASABHA, June 17: The four workers who were buried on Friday while digging a tunnel after a mould of earth caved in at Sankhuwasabha district have been rescued alive after 39 excruciating hours.

KATMANDU, June 15: Pourakhi Nepal on Friday organized an art festival to highlight the woes of domestic workers in Nepal and abroad.

KATHMANDU, June 13: The falling number of Nepali workers going for foreign employment after the enforcement of the 'free-visa-free-ticket' system is due to not any slowdown in demand but supply side issues, according to a report issued by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).