Vague employment laws and policies lead to abuse of domestic workers, says HOME report

While the Singapore government emphasises that Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs) are covered by the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA), the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and Liberty Shared claim that the ambiguous language of the EFMA is insufficient to effectively protect MDWs or preserve their rights. Their report on Forced Labour in Singapore – co-published by anti-human trafficking …

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Migrant domestic workers in Singapore working in conditions akin to forced labour according to new report

In a report by the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and Hong Kong-based anti-human trafficking organisation Liberty Shared, the top three problems that foreign domestic workers faced in Singapore were overwork, verbal abuse, and salary related disputes. However, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) rebutted the findings, saying that it “does not accurately reflect the employment and working conditions of …

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MOM conned by F&B company into issuing EPs to 20 “foreign talents”

It was reported today (14 Jan) that GD Group, a food and beverage company operating the restaurant chain Penang Culture, had deceived the Manpower Ministry (MOM) into issuing Employment Pass to 20 of its foreign employees, when they did not meet the requirements. According to MOM’s website, only eligible foreigners will be considered for an Employment Pass to work in …

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PM says education system would prepare students for future while new grads find difficulty getting jobs

Addressing the MOE Edusave Award recipients and their families at Townsville Primary School on Sat (5 Jan), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told the students and parents that the recent changes to the education system will make learning more meaningful for students. These include reducing the emphasis on academic results, dedicating more curriculum time to deeper learning, and helping students …

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Netizens question stricter punishment to be imposed on security guards from 1 Jan

Starting from 1st January, private security officers who slack off, sleep on the job or sign in to work drunk can face harsher punishment as the police strengthen penalties for errant behaviours to augment the industry’s professionalism and fortify Singapore’s defences. Officers who show errant attitude can be “punished by a fine not exceeding $2, 000 or imprisonment for a …

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