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Eight employers, two employment agents charged for false declaration of salaries

Published on Apr 11, 2014 10:37 AM

Eight employers and two employment agents were charged by the Manpower Ministry (MOM) on Thursday for providing false salary information when they applied for their foreign workers' work passes. Applicants of Employment Passes and S Passes must meet minimum salary requirements.

The eight employers, who are the franchisees of local convenience chain store 7-Eleven, declared during the application for work passes that they would pay their 41 foreign employees salaries ranging from $2,400 to $4,550, said MOM in a statement on Friday. However, the employers, according to MOM's investigations, allegedly intended to pay the foreign employees salaries much lower than the amounts declared.

Furnishing false information to the ministry is an offence under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA). The eight firms are Vina Trading, Manthra Enterprises, Magnaton Ventures, Nalla Traders, Chandrani Enterprise, Niche Formulas, Changrich Enterprise and Rui Fuels & Services.

Two employees of Ethics Career Solution Pte Ltd, which facilitated the placement of 21 of the 41 foreign employees, were also charged in court on Thursday. They had allegedly submitted false salary information in the work pass application forms.

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