17 July 2014, The Straits Times
The Migrant Workers’ Centre made several critical points about fairness for migrant workers (“Greater protection and care for migrant workers needed”; last Saturday).
The recruitment process is particularly arduous for workers in the construction and marine sectors, and charges from agents, middlemen and training centres often come up to more than a year’s salary.
Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), other non-governmental organisations and the Ministry of Manpower would like these inflated and unnecessary charges to be eliminated, but recognise the difficulty in achieving that.
Salary issues, in comparison, should be easier to manage as the process takes place in Singapore.