Local media carried a story about a migrant worker in Japan repeatedly asssaulted at work. There are many similarities to cases we see here in Singapore. What's needs to be done?
Dulal did not want to work for the current employer anymore. He would find a new job. The employer's reaction was to shackle him. The manpower ministry provided the metaphorical shackle.
Singapore's migrant labour management flow along lines that look like ethnic discrimination. Workers in certain sectors are treated differently from those in other sectors, but sectors are only open to certain nationalities.
Recruitment debt, excessive overtime, abusive working and living conditions, and retention of identity documents lead to ban and seizure of company products.
Among the issues touched on are indications of forced labor, restrictions of workers' movement during Covid-19, arrests of foreign workers on terrorism grounds.
The European Union is moving towards legislation requiring companies to report on labour abuses in their supply chain, including subcoontractors.
This documentary about human trafficking may be about Kuwait but the specific factors enabling the problem have parallels in Singapore too. Don't be smug.
An example of an employer trying to benefit from lower levy while slashing the wages of an employee to a ridiculous pittance.
There are many possible measures for reducing recruitment fees, say this research report. Contains deep analyses of rationale and feasibility.
For the upcoming Universal Periodic Review in 2021, our shadow report highlights several human rights shortcomings in Singapore affecting migrant workers here.