Even S-Pass holders have to pay recruitment fees. John Peter's case is quite egregious, espeically as it is a foreigner who is allowed to open a company and hire workers.
In 2018 and 2019, over 60% of all salary claims were filed by foreign employees. Even digging these basic figures out involved sleuthing. Many things still opaque.
Ali Mohammed lost his salary case at the Employment Claims Tribunal. His case was never going to be easy, but we still wonder if the court could have been more thorough.
For the upcoming Universal Periodic Review in 2021, our shadow report highlights several human rights shortcomings in Singapore affecting migrant workers here.
Despite the Employment Claims Tribunal finding hundreds of employers liable for salary non-ayment, only a handful of compay directors are convicted.
With mediation meetings too difficult to organise, most cases were suspended. With the gradual lifting, there's some movement, but little prospect of happy outcomes.
Selim and Kibria, not paid for their previous jobs, are looking for new ones. They talk about inescapable demands for money from agents, supervisors and bosses.
Carpenter Babul had had good experiences with Singaporean bosses, unlike employers from India or Bangladesh, whom he felt didn't care for their employees. A nice lady boss came along and offered him a job...
With what looks like a policy change, worker's access to the Employment Claims Tribunal now appears to be seriously impeded by costs and uncertainty of process.
We felt that the Employment Claims Tribunal erred in two major areas in its ruling over Ali Liakat's salary claim. Leave to appeal was sought, but denied.