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.
Letter in Straits Times: Allow foreign workers whose work permits have been cancelled to stay and look for new job
TWC2 calls for transfer opportunities for migrant workers whose work permits have been cancelled and those on Special Passes.
MOM is fully aware of the dire shortage of foreign labour. Yet, workers are forcibly being sent home nonetheless -- as part of MOM's policy.
Employers acting in self-interest couldn't care less if they hurt the national interest. Singapore unfortunately jealously protects employers' self-interest. It's a dogma thing.
In the second half fo 2020, Singapore could have lost 10,000 - 20,000 construction workers who would actually have wanted to stay on and work.
A deep study of the hazards encountered by migrant workers in their attempts to switch jobs. Rules are complex, costs are high and plans easily derailed.
Sumon's experience falling ill with dengue uncovers the ugly and callous side of Singapore's kafala system, trapping workers within employers' whim and spite.
Kawsar is an intelligent guy prepared to make sacrifices to get ahead. He still ends up stymied by bureaucracy as he tries for a transfer job.
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.