12 May '11, 9am

Scumbag employers who take advantage of foreign workers should be dealt with severely.

Scumbag employers who take advantage of foreign workers should be dealt with severely.

For months, Hafeez suffered in silence. His employer had deducted S$500 a month from his already pathetic wage of $22 a day working as a forklift driver and general labourer at a glass supply firm. Do a simple calculation: If he worked 30 days a month at $22 a day, he would have made only $660 a month. Deduct $500 from that and what’s left? Yes, he had some overtime, for which he was paid $4 an hour, but it did not add up to much. Knowing few others except some other labourers from Bangladesh and with only a rudimentary grasp of English, Hafeez did not know who or where to turn to for help. He didn’t even know what the law said about deductions. And then his contract ended and his Work Permit was cancelled. The employer arranged for an airticket home and told him to make his way to the airport on the assigned evening. With 24 hours left in Singapore, he had one last chance...

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