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Manpower Ministry seeks public feedback on areas of review for Employment Act

Posted by jaypee 32 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Thursday (Jan 18) launched a month-long public consultation exercise to seek feedback on areas being considered in the review of the Employment Act. 

Singapore's main employment law is regularly reviewed to "keep pace with the changing labour force profile and employment landscape", MOM said in a press release, adding that the Act Read More


NGO for migrant workers, Home, denounces study which said majority of maids here exploited, Manpower News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Posted by jaypee 59 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE - The Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (Home) is the latest migrant worker rights group to denounce a recent study that said maid here are exploited.

The study surveyed 735 Indonesian and Filipino foreign domestic workers (FDW) in 2015 and found that three in five maids here are exploited and one in five maids are victims of forced labour.

It conc Read More


NGO disputes report on exploitation of maids, plans to relook survey data

Posted by jaypee 59 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE — A non-governmental organisation (NGO) helping migrant workers has said a study published last month, which found six in 10 foreign domestic helpers here to have been exploited, was published without its consent.

Revealing a rift with the lead researcher of the report, titled Bonded To The System, the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) said o Read More


5,000 foreign workers to serve as volunteer ambassadors for migrant welfare group by 2020

Posted by jaypee 78 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE - In August, construction worker Govindasami Venkatesan, 25, found out that his dormitory roommate's employer owed him $9,800 - or three months' salary, including overtime.

The roommate, whom he knew as Kumar, was the sole breadwinner in his family and was worried about how he was going to take care of his parents in Tamil Nadu, in India, without the money.

"But h Read More


Construction firm fined $156,000 for housing foreign workers in unhygienic living conditions, Manpower News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Posted by jaypee 184 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE - Kay Lim Construction and Trading was fined $156,000 on Thursday (Aug 17) for housing 60 foreign workers in dirty, rat-infested living quarters.

The firm has also been banned from employing foreign workers.

The workers, who were employed by Kay Lim and nine other firms, were found living in temporary quarters in a construction site near Commonwealth Avenue and Gh Read More


Steps to ensure foreign workers are vaccinated

Posted by jaypee 196 days ago Singapore
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The Health and Manpower ministries will review if improvements are needed to better ensure that foreign workers in Singapore are vaccinated against diseases such as diphtheria, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday.

The review follows the death of a 21-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker who developed fever and swelling of the neck - symptoms of diphtheria - on July 30, Read More


Minimum pay for Filipino maids to go up May 1: Philippine embassy

Posted by jaypee 325 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE: From May 1, the minimum salary for domestic workers from the Philippines will be raised from S$550 to S$570, the Philippines Embassy’s Overseas Labour Office (POLO-SG) said on Friday (Mar 31).

In a notice to its more than 200 accredited employment agencies, the embassy’s Labour Attache Ramon Pastrana said this is due to the “fluctuation of exchange rat Read More


Construction firm charged for housing 60 foreign workers in rat-infested dormitories

Posted by jaypee 341 days ago Singapore
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SINGAPORE - Kay Lim Construction & Trading was prosecuted in the State Courts on Tuesday (March 14) for housing 60 foreign workers in "unacceptable" accommodation with "unhygienic living conditions", said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a statement on Wednesday.

The firm also did not update the ministry, via an online system, on the foreign workers' housing addresses.

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