Migrant workers in Singapore expect effectiveness of mobile office programme

A magnificent view on sky-scrapper buildings in City State Singapore.
A magnificent view on sky-scrapper buildings in City State Singapore.

Yangon, 1 March— Myanmar migrant workers in Singapore expect effectiveness of mobile office which was recently formed by Migrant Workers’ Centre to help the city-state’s migrant workers.
MWC has launched a mobile office that will travel to areas such as Tuas, Sungei Kadut and Kranji to engage workers and help address some of their concerns including employment rights.
Than Aung, a Myanmar factory worker in Singapore, said, “We normally get labour rights from our company in accordance with Singaporean labour law. But we are still concerned about employment rights in remote areas.”
More workers have come to Singapore this year for domestic works compared with previous years as this job can generate between S$400 and $600 per month, while hard labourers earn $20 to $22 each day.
However, most of the Myanmar workers enjoyed salary increment this year.
He also said a basic salary of security staff in this year reached to $1,100, increased from $950 last year.
“Many Myanmar migrant workers enjoyed salary increase about $100 this year. I feel safe working here. Migrant workers can take medical leave 14 days each year by law and the company strictly observes labour law. If a worker does not have a certificate of safety measure course, it is almost sure that he would not get any job in Singapore,” another Myanmar migrant worker said.
When Singaporean companies could not produce profit in 2013 and 2014, the government subsidized them, especially for labour bonus as companies and workers have to give their income taxes to the government.
However, some migrant workers also made complaints of long hours, bad pay and even abuse. While the majority of Singaporean households want foreign domestic workers to live in their homes, there are also concerned possible labour abuses behind the doors.
The estimated number of 150,000 to 200,000 Myanmar migrant workers are working in Singapore. GNLM

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