Committee of Supply 2021 debate, Day 3: Pritam Singh on underpayment of foreign workers

March 2021

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Committee of Supply 2021 debate, Day 3: Pritam Singh on underpayment of foreign workers

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It is time to come down harder on employers who underpay their foreign workers or pass holders, said Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh in Parliament on Tuesday (Mar 2). He said such actions also sabotage Singaporean workers by undercutting their wage competitiveness. Mr Singh suggested increasing penalties as a deterrent, or requiring errant bosses - on top of criminal penalties - to pay foreign workers six months’ wages as compensation. This could also nudge workers to proactively report employers who do not pay their declared wages.

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