Tag Archives: Levy & cancellation

Type of issue: levy & work pass cancellation

Salary non-payment was first sign, then all workers lost their jobs

By Mohamed Kasshif, based on an interview in September 2018 “Boss say, don’t worry, still can work”; Zobayar explains the reply he got from his employer upon realising that his work permit had been revoked without notice. It’s been two months since he last received his salary and now he lost his work permit, making  Continue Reading »

Anowar’s plight shows need for vibrant transfer-job market

By Isaac Ong, based on an interview in November 2017 Anowar arrived in Singapore for his current job with Akilas Enterprise in late 2016, working for several months without issues. In June this year, however, life changed drastically. He tells us that he was not called to work, and ended up whiling away his time  Continue Reading »

Unpaid workers find company funds diverted

A boss was apologetic that he was unable to pay his employees their salaries on time. But what is interesting is the reason why he couldn’t do so: he had to pay foreign worker levies to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) first. Below are key portions of a transcript of a meeting between the boss (who  Continue Reading »

Harri boss finally sent to jail for salary and housing abuses

In an encouraging development, the prosecutor in a recent case made the argument that using the threat of dismissal and repatriation to compel foreign workers to accept lower wages would constitute an offence. According to a news story in Today newspaper, Nallusamy Narayanan, the boss of a number of companies under the Harri name, had  Continue Reading »

Months after initial complaints to ministry, housing and salary abuses still surfacing

We didn’t at first plan to write up their story because it was a story we’ve heard countless times before — not that their plight was any less distressful for them. The men from Harri Construction complained of unpaid salaries, losing their jobs, and terrible conditions at their quarters. But two months later, the Straits  Continue Reading »

Convert levy into workers’ deferred savings, suggests Ho Kwon Ping

In a lecture delivered at the Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore, on 12 November 2014, Ho Kwon Ping, executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings and IPS-Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore, made a few proposals with respect to migrant workers in Singapore. The relevant part is here: First, we can perhaps  Continue Reading »

How the migrant worker system is regulated counts for a lot

This is the talk TWC2 vice-president Alex Au gave at the National University of Singapore to a large class (about 300 – 400)  of students from various faculties on 15 October 2014. The text here is a somewhat fuller version of the talk itself, which wasn’t entirely read from script, and which was constrained by  Continue Reading »

Foreign worker levy and the release worker

Foreign worker levy rates have been rising in recent years and the trend continues through 2014 and 2015. The present rate for unskilled construction workers who are hired beyond the employer’s MYE (Man Year Entitlement) rose from $750 to $950/month in July 2014, and will reach to $1050/month in July 2015. The Straits Times quotes  Continue Reading »

Half of construction workers deployed outside their skill areas

The report Training centres in Bangladesh have become money-minting machines (published September 2013) was based on research done in Dhaka. Drawing from anecdotal information, we asserted in the paper that “Most workers report that their Singapore jobs are unrelated to the skills they trained for.” This anecdotal information was from workers whom Transient Workers Count Too  Continue Reading »

Training centres in Bangladesh have become money-minting machines

It started as a way to ensure that migrant workers coming to Singapore had some basic skills, but the raison d’etre has since become something else: to extract as much money as possible from the poor. “It” is the tangled business of providing training, testing and recruitment in Bangladesh. The key to its metamorphosis is  Continue Reading »