Cases of false declaration of migrant workers' salaries rising, says NGO

Advocacy group Home handled 274 such complaints last year, up 24.5% from 2019

The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics advocacy group says cases of false declaration of migrant worker salaries have been going on for years, and have been rising as more employers and agents become aware of loopholes. The Direct R1 S
The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics advocacy group says cases of false declaration of migrant worker salaries have been going on for years, and have been rising as more employers and agents become aware of loopholes. The Direct R1 Scheme, which allows construction firms to pay a lower levy when hiring higher-skilled foreign workers, has also led to more cases. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

He was offered a job in construction with a monthly pay of $1,600, and was shown an in-principle approval (IPA) letter reflecting this.

But when he received his first pay cheque, Ahmed (not his real name) discovered that his basic wage was only about $200.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2021, with the headline 'Cases of false declaration of migrant workers' salaries rising, says NGO'. Subscribe