Tag: Ministry of Manpower

Josephine Teo explains 3-pronged approach to containing coronavirus outbreak in foreign workers’ dormitories

Singapore—Manpower Minister Josephine Teo took to Facebook to outline what MOM is doing to address the issue of the Covid-19 outbreak in foreign workers’ dormitories. Among the country’s 4,427 confirmed coronavirus cases, around 60 percent, or 2,689, are migrant workers. Moreover, 19 out of the...

Foreign workers under quarantine in dorms now getting better food

Singapore — The food served to foreign workers under quarantine in dormitories had  improved considerably on Thursday (April 9) over that of the previous few days. An activist for foreign worker communities, Ms Kokila Annamalai, said on Facebook: “Workers in the dorms under quarantine say their...

Josephine Teo promises to raise standards in foreign workers’ dormitories after Covid-19 crisis

Singapore—On the same day that a story was published in The Straits Times (ST) showing the poor living conditions at a foreign workers’ dormitory, Josephine Teo, the country’s Manpower Minister, said in a Facebook post that the standards in these dormitories undoubtedly need to...

Close to 20,000 migrant workers quarantined to curb Covid-19 spread

Singapore—Due to the rising number of new Covid-19 cases in the country, more stringent measures have been put in place, including putting almost 20,000 migrant workers under quarantine for 14 days because of the number of Covid-19 cases that have shot up in their...

Covid-19 fears causing friction between employers and foreign domestic workers

Singapore—Some foreign domestic workers note that tensions are arising between them and their employers amid the present Covid-19 crisis. The New Paper (TNP) reports that while some helpers would still prefer to spend their off days outside the houses where they are employed, their...

MOM will not mandate domestic helpers to stay home on rest days

Singapore – Josephine Teo shared a story of their domestic helper and noted there would be no Ministry of Manpower (MOM) “mandate” on keeping domestic helpers at home on rest days. The Minister of Manpower took to Facebook on Sunday (Mar 22) to provide an...

Netizens see allowance given to firms affected by M’sian lockdown as proof of SG’s over-reliance on foreign workers

Singapore—In a press conference on Tuesday (Mar 17) the day after Malaysia announced it was launching a two-week lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Manpower Minister Josephine Two announced that businesses that would be affected by Malaysia’s restrictions would...

Josephine Teo says MOM’s immediate priority is to prevent large-scale job losses amid Covid-19 pandemic

Singapore – The Minister of Manpower has announced that the outlook on the labour market for 2020 has "become very uncertain" because of the Covid-19 outbreak and that the prevention of large-scale job losses continues to be the immediate priority. On Thursday (Mar 12), Ms...

Woman pleads guilty to ordering her maids to slap and pour water over each other

Singapore—A 62-year-old woman admitted that she had her three domestic helpers slap or pour water over each other whenever she was unhappy with their work. Mdm Kan Choi Yit entered a guilty plea in court on Thursday (March 12) to one charge of instigating her...

Employers to notify MOM of cost-saving practices that affect workers’ wages

SINGAPORE — Beginning Thursday (March 12), all companies are required by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to notify them of any cost-saving measures that will affect the monthly salaries of their employees. On Wednesday (March 11), Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo shared the ministry's new...