19 May '12, 4am

"Sorry for the inconvenience, business as usual". Changes in foreign worker law: who benefits?

"Sorry for the inconvenience, business as usual". Changes in foreign worker law: who benefits?

In Part 1, I gave an overview of the proposed amendments to the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA). I am of the view that the changes do more to make sure employers and workers do not trifle with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) than ensure that employers treat low-wage foreign workers fairly. The two chief ways by which employers exploit and abuse workers are by (a) underpaying or not paying their salaries and (b) by abandoning them after they have been injured. Here in Part 2, I am going to discuss in greater detail the salary-related issues and point out how the proposed changes do almost nothing to address this problem. As mentioned in Part 1, at Transient Workers Count Too, a charity I volunteer with, we see many cases of workers complaining that they have not been paid for months. Or that they have been short-paid. In the latter case, the short-payment could be ...

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