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Empower survivors of violence to speak up, seek help and make informed choices

by Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we call upon the Singapore government to strengthen social support systems and access to remedies for women and girls who are survivors of violence. Migrant domestic workers are often the most at risk of physical, verbal and sexual abuse. Their vulnerability is heightened …

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Security officers recommended to be paid higher wage and less overtime work from 2019

The Security Tripartite Cluster (STC) has recommended to increase the wage floor of security officers starting from 2019 after reviewing the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) and overtime exemption (OTE) for the private security industry. The STC, in consultation with the tripartite partners, has recommended to increase the PWM wage floors starting from 2019, and remove OTE with effect from January …

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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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