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COUNTRY REPORT ON MIGRANT WORKERS IN SINGAPORE. 21 August 2007 By Rasabalan & Jennie. Brief. Total Population: 4,484,000 Employment: 2,495,900 (local:1,739,600; Foreign: 756,300) 17.5% union members are foreign

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Country report on migrant workers in singapore

COUNTRY REPORT ON MIGRANT WORKERS IN SINGAPORE

21 August 2007

By

Rasabalan & Jennie


Brief
Brief

  • Total Population: 4,484,000

  • Employment: 2,495,900 (local:1,739,600; Foreign: 756,300)

  • 17.5% union members are foreign

  • Local and foreign members enjoy the same union protections, services and union benefits.

  • Opportunity to upgrade their skills and improve their career prospects


The government policies regarding migrants
The government policies regarding migrants

Rights of migrant workers under labour law-Strict regulations/policies

  • legislations, regulations and an administrative systemStatutory

  • protections in Singapore ensure health, safety, accommodation, and remuneration

  • Occupational Safety and Health Act

  • Workmen’s Compensation Act


The government policies regarding migrants1
The government policies regarding migrants

  • Mandatory full-day construction safety orientation course

  • Foreign workers levy and dependency ratio system

  • Amendments to the Work Permit Conditions


Undocumented migrant workers
Undocumented migrant workers

  • severe penalties on employers as well as non documented migrant workers under the Employment of Foreign Workers Act

  • to safeguard against exploitation by unscrupulous employment agencies or employers


Foreign domestic workers
Foreign Domestic Workers

  • Protection against abuse

  • Assistance in employment disputes

  • Orientation on arrival to working life in Singapore

  • Education of employers

  • Safety awareness and well-being management for FDW

  • Mandatory accreditation for employment agencies placing FDWs

  • Improving quality of FDWs

  • Outreach and education


What assistance do we expect from ilo
What assistance do we expect from ILO

Training and information sharing


What specific actions have the union taken
What specific actions have the union taken

  • Recreational/social welfare activities

  • The NTUC Migrant Workers Forum

  • Model workers Award 2007

  • subsidise training (NTUC Education Trust Fund)

  • Workplace Safety and Health

  • Reaching out…


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