02 Jun '11, 1am

Maid wants monthly wages of $400, not $380. OH NOES THE WORLD IS ENDING. *mutters about sanctioned modern-day slavery*

SINGAPORE - The controversial move to raise salaries for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) - which got 16 agencies into trouble with the competition watchdog - has not eased the dire shortage of maids, agencies have told Today. And with Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta signing a new agreement on Monday, which will pave the way for the lifting of a two-year freeze on Indonesian maids working in Malaysia, the situation will get worse, they have added. Earlier this year, the 16 agencies tried to collectively raise the monthly salaries of new Indonesian maids to S$450 but the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) stepped in and ruled that the agencies had engaged in anti-competitive conduct. They have up till June 27 to submit their arguments before the CCS decides if there was an infringement. In spite of the CCS move, other agencies - Today has learnt - have, in the last six month...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110602-0000035/Hi...

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