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Hold Foreign-Worker Dormitories To Greater Account

This is not the first time transgressions in foreign-worker dormitories – “bedbug and cockroach infestations, overcrowded sleeping quarters, and meals left beside workers’ beds that would go bad” (TODAY, Aug. 14) – have been observed and reported, yet it is not clear the extent to which the submission of documentation and observations to the government informs the penalties meted out. In fact, the recent visits conducted by the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) bring to mind even broader questions: The prevalence of poor living conditions among foreign workers in Singapore, the avenues through which workers can consequently seek redress (and, moreover, how efficient that process is), and whether other non-government groups can help to flag more instances of similar abuse. Continue reading

Abuse Charges Raise Concern Over Control Systems

Besides the hiring of a former superintendent and the assurance by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) of continued checks “to ensure standards are adhered to at [Pertapis Childrens’ Home] and other children’s homes” (ST, Apr. 25) – after two workers at the institution were charged for ill treatment of the beneficiaries – it would appear that control systems should be reviewed to not only prevent future oversight in recruitment or management, but also to ensure that transgressions are reported in a timely fashion. Continue reading

Poor Foreign Worker Meals Symptom Of Exploitation

The poor meals offered to foreign workers – revealed by a study by the National University of Singapore and HealthServe of 60 Bangladeshi workers living in the Tai Seng area (TODAY, Mar. 21) – is a symptom of broader exploitation in Singapore, made more evident by the responses of their employers and the food-catering companies. More concerned with their financial performance or low-margin operations and pushing the blame around, the welfare of foreign workers appears to be the least of their concerns. Continue reading

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