We were glad that MOM re-affirmed ministers' statements that workers with valid salary claims will get permission to transfer to new jobs, but how does it work in practice?
Following a detailed documentation of John Peter Ayyavu's salary claim saga, our comments about the weaknesses revealed in Singapore's salary claim system.
A detailed documentation of John Peter Ayyavu's salary claim saga. After four months of not being paid, John files a claim at MOM/TADM, the start of a long battle.
Work permit holder went to Spain, says wasn't paid his allowances for 82-day cruise. Nor basic and overtime pay for three months.
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.
Some workers feel confident that they can handle their salary claims on their own, declining help and advice from us. We respect their decision.
For the upcoming Universal Periodic Review in 2021, our shadow report highlights several human rights shortcomings in Singapore affecting migrant workers here.
When an employee files a claim, the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management plays two roles. Is there a conflict of interest between the two roles?
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.