Employers of foreign workers must pay a monthly levy to the government. Mamun and his coworkers found that their boss hadn't paid for months; their work permits revoked.
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?
Farhad did not agree to renewal of his permit after 3 years in the company. Under the regulations, he had a right to look for another company. but this right was effectively denied him.
Singapore allows employers to act in bad faith while pretending to have rules that allow retention of skills and experience.
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.
MOM's "adjustment" of the no-consent period makes it contingent upon employers giving consent. Circular logic?
Omar asked for a raise at Work Permit renewal. The employer refused. With the permit expiring, he thought he could use MOM's no-consent period to get a new job.
MOM gave this figure in a parliamentary reply. It's only a topline number. Look beneath it and it's a scene of buzzing flies.
A summary of the webinar we held on 3 June 2021. Includes a full video recording of the 90-minute event.
The work permit application submitted by the new employer to MOM included a salary deduction that was never agreed with Johirul. The worker objected. He lost the job.