The Straits Times
Published on Dec 19, 2012

MWC reminds all employers of responsibilities to foreign workers


The Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) has urged the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to continue to respond swiftly to all foreign worker claims and complaints, so that workers do not take matters in their own hands in desperation.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, MWC chairman Yeo Guat Kwang said the migrant workers group has always advocated strict enforcement against errant employers. MWC was encouraged by the "swift response" from MOM officials which helped to bring about "a satisfactory resolution" to the wage dispute on Tuesday between construction firm Sime Chong and about 20 of its foreign workers, he added.

"We would like to remind all employers of their responsibilities to their foreign workers under our manpower regulations, which includes the prompt payment of due salaries, and the obligation to provide acceptable housing and adequate care for their workers during their stay in Singapore," said Mr Yeo.

Mr Yeo said MWC was notified of the salary dispute on Tuesday at 4pm, and sent a team of specialists to the worksite "within the hour". Most of the affected workers were paid their owed salaries in full before midnight on Tuesday.