24 Jun '11, 1am

Security bonds encourage “xenophobia and classism” – H.O.M.E

Security bonds encourage “xenophobia and classism” – H.O.M.E

I think it is a false dichotomy when we talk about local vs migrant worker rights. The reason migrant workers are preferred is because they are easier to exploit and abuse. If local workers are not hired, it is because inadequate protection for foreign workers has made it more desirable for employers to hire them over locals, since they are cheaper. And by cheaper, I don’t mean just in terms of the cost of their salary but that it is easier to squeeze migrant workers because their marginal status makes them more compliant. They are willing to work longer hours and are more vulnerable because they come to Singapore after paying huge amounts of money in recruitment fees. I agree that the struggle for workers’ rights should not be determined by nationality. However, the root of the problem lies in the fact that worker’s rights in general need to be improved, and not whether w...

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