14 Feb '18, 8am

Commentary: Singapore must do more to end slavery of the poor

SINGAPORE: Being poor can be punishing on many counts. In one of my parliamentary speeches, I called upon us to guard against the “slavery of the poor”. It is a plight that happens when vulnerable, low-wage workers are taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers, who exploit this group’s ignorance of their employment rights. Trapped by the need to make a living for themselves and their families, these workers are prone to be shackled in servitude to the masters who control them, all because of the very limited jobs they can undertake given their age and skills. When the circumstances of being poor force you to “work until you die”, that means you have become beholden to those circumstances – a form of slavery in itself. BOLD STEPS TO HELP LOW-WAGE WORKERS Advertisement Advertisement In recent years, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Government, with the su...

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