Transient Workers Count Too joined with 12 other NGOs in Singapore to submit a joint shadow report to the United Nations Committee on Cedaw (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) for the upcoming periodic review of Singapore.
The joint report highlights a number of issues pertaining to foreign domestic workers (FDW). Key among them are that FDWs, who are nearly all female,
- should come within the ambit of the Employment Act;
- have more assured regular rest days;
- have assured access to proper salary records and related documents;
- should have the right to seek employment transfers freely without the permission of their employers.
Singapore also needs to address
- employment agency fees;
- complaints mechanism.
In addition to the above report, TWC2 also submitted with the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) another shadow report that focusses more on female migrant workers, whereas the above report is more broadly focussed on women in general.
In addition to the above-listed themes, this TWC2/HOME report also touches on
- right to form trade unions;
- ambiguity about domestic workers’ rights to adequate food, proper accommodation, etc;
- forced confinement within homes;
- lack of privacy;
- access to medical care;
- access to justice;
- workplace injury compensation;
- abuse of MOM’s “feedback system” by employers used to blacklist FDWs without due process;
- and many other points.