Some runaway workers fake their injuries, say bosses
They claim some do so to try to get compensation, others to moonlight
Bosses with runaway injured foreign workers feel they have been wrongly accused of ill-treating the men and want their voices heard.
More have been going to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in recent months claiming that the workers have faked accidents or injuries. Foreign workers who are assessed to be injured are issued special passes and not allowed to work.
Some employers also contacted The Straits Times to share their side of the story after it published a report late last month on injured workers running away from dormitories. ST interviewed bosses of more than 30 firms in the marine and construction sectors, who altogether have about 200 runaway workers, last week.
They say their reputations have been sullied by the workers who claimed to have resorted to running away after incurring injuries, to escape alleged threats by their employers to send them home.