Labour

National Jobs Bank is meaningless?

The National Jobs Bank should disclose the statistics I refer to the article “Will the Jobs Bank really make a difference?” (Human Resources newsletter). It states that “But do senior HR practitioners here believe the Jobs Bank will make a difference? One regional HR lead believes the Jobs Bank will not “have a meaningful impact”. “It’s government lip service,” said …

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High Court victory sets precedent for migrant workers’ rights

by Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics Imagine paying thousands of dollars to land a job with a faraway employer you’ve never met or signed a contract with. That’s an unavoidable reality for many low wage migrant workers. Often, prior to arrival, the only assurance they have about the employer, job type and salary is their In-Principle Approval letter (IPA). The …

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MOM: No loophole in Employment Agency framework

Minister of Manpower (MOM) states that there is no loophole in its Employment Agency (EA) framework and the allegations stated in the story posted by The Online Citizen (TOC) on 29 September are untrue. Following a tipoff from a whistleblower, TOC reported that two employment agencies at People’s Park Centre were operated by a couple, with one of the EAs being awarded with 12 …

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Domestic worker jumps out of window to escape agent abuse

by Kirsten Han A little over two weeks. That was how long Nina Duwi Koriah had been in Singapore before she fell out of the third-storey window of her agent’s home following humiliating verbal abuse and mental distress. Her agent, who has been identified by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) as Noor Hayah Gulam, was fined S$50,000 on …

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ST “censors” NGO letter on recommendations to safeguard well-being of FDW caregivers

Just this morning, Straits Times published a letter written by local non-government organisation, HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics) that was submitted in response to the ST article published on 4 Sept on providing assistance to caregivers in Singapore. The article was re-titled to “Give maids proper caregiver training“. HOME’s letter highlighted the vital roles that foreign domestic workers (FDW) take …

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Director charged by MOM for illegal labour importation and kickback offences

On 29 August 2017, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) charged a 42-year-old Singaporean woman, Poh Kwi Ko, the Director of Aik Heng Contracts and Services Pte Ltd, for offences under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA). Poh faced a total of 42 charges; 10 charges on illegal importation of labour, 19 charges on receiving and demanding kickbacks, and 13 charges on …

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