December 05, 2008
Yawning Bread said:
This story started with an abusive employer, but what got me interested was the role played by the government departments. From this, you can see that they were not at all interested in helping workers. Mediation became story-telling in the hope of discouraging the workers from pressing their claims. No mention is made of the company being prosecuted for violating our Employment Act. The police held people for overstaying without a shred of evidence that they were overstayers. The ICA held people in an armlock, getting them to fund their own flight home, with or without being paid their wages. They all just want to get rid of the problem, with no regard for justice, law or rights.
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "The building of Singapore's Integrated Resorts (IR) is reported to be wrecked by economic uncertainties, but little do we know about the foreign workers who are denied wages, and the governmental inaction when it comes to helping them."
May 03, 2007
My mom is working at the Tuas South Incineration Plant as a cleaner under the contract of a private cleaning company. The company pays her S$700 a month for a 5-days work week. The pay is not high, but at least reasonable.
Now, the cleaning contract has ended for this cleaning company and the contract has been given to another new cleaning company. And so my mom's new boss had a meet-the-people session to tell the cleaners his rules:
1. The pay is reduced to S$500 2. Now it has to be a 5.5 days working week 3. There will be a cut in manpower as there should not be more than 3 people working at an area, regardless how large the area space 4. No annual leave and sick leave for the first year
Recommended by Anonymous Coward: "Such is the exploitation of our workers, tacitly supported by the can-do-no-wrong-tripartite-partnership labour unions. Happy Labour Day everyone."