Singapur - Migrant workers’ rights still restricted (2011)

While restrictions on migrant workers’ rights to serve as an officer, trustee or staff member of a union (without prior written approval by the Minister) are still in place, all migrant workers, including foreign domestic workers, are allowed to join unions. A government-mandated standard contract for migrant workers provides some protection to foreign domestic workers.

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) advocates for the rights of foreign domestic workers and other migrant workers through its Migrant Workers’ Forum. It has also set up the Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) together with the Singapore National Employers’ Federation in April 2009 to champion fair employment practices and the well-being of migrant workers in Singapore. The MWC provides employment-related advice, advocacy services and representation to migrant workers.

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