Government too sucks the blood and sweat of foreign workers

In this guest essay, Bruce, an employer of foreign workers, throws light on a number of government policies that raise costs for employers. Particularly when employers face difficulty in hard econopmic times, the Ministry of Manpower’s “mechanisms” are self-serving, disadvantaging workers even more. Guest essay.

2 Responses to “Government too sucks the blood and sweat of foreign workers”

  1. 1 tryathlete 23 June 2009 at 11:27

    Hi Bruce

    I think this is a great article highlighting the flaws in the system that lead employers to ‘exploit’ the workers. I wholeheartedly agree that we need to get rid of the artificial costs, in terms of agent/’training’ fees and the MOM levy. And at the same time, we need stronger laws and enforcement to protect the worker.

    The system in its current form creates more problems than it solves for employers and workers. Meanwhile the middlemen and the regulator benefit without providing the required services.

    It’s a disgrace.

    • 2 Alan Tan 18 September 2010 at 11:55

      Currently, the levy of a Bangladesh worker is higher than the tax paid by a professional…

      seems like professional have less contribution to country compare to a low-grade worker.

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