Seriously, apart from the 1 month, legally allowed by Phil Law, the law is very vague enough that the agents can add another 2 months, including medical and all (which the MOM here doesn't even want to look at) ..morenangpinay wrote:Im not expert on the law in Singapore but I remember Philippine laws allow agents in the Philippines to charge an equivalent of 1 month salary. Not more.
however they do not have any control on the Singapore manpower agents who may (I am not sure of this) or may not be charging the Employers air fare,visa fare, processing fees etc. on top of their agency fee.So i am guessing that the employers are being charged double..? which they then pass to the worker which result to the worker having debt in the Philippines (Philippine agency) and the debt in Singapore . you can enlighten me on that.
and that some law says the agent must have a counterpart, for maids ..
Nett result, the lowly paid maids get ripped off even before they come here, so much so, they are more than tempted to take up part time work and all ..
Employes pay an amount, but the agents, here and in Philippines demand that, as per some vague law, only airtickets from the agents are valid, for maids to travel, and it doesn't help that the airlines have a 'maid fare' and even when the employer provides .. a ticket, it is not accepted .. and .. not every employer has exposure to question such silly tactics employed at both ends, to make $ ..
So, even direct hires or those coming back, trying a direct employ, are caught, forced to have an agent, and then POEA, will ensure the Phil agent has a counterpart, and then there goes 6 months of the pay .. for this, that and that .. and that .. and for me, that seems legal robbery
I know enough cases of employers, who had maids for 2 years, plan to let the maid save her 6 months salary being robbed, by doing a direct hire .. but upon her return, she gets robbed, in any case ..
The only way to avoid it is for the maid not to go to Philippines, and do an exit to Malaysia, so she can avoid getting robbed in Phil.
Sorry if that sounds like major rant .. but .. I did do some counselling and assisting .. yah ... it is not all fair .. and while Singapore Govt gets burnt for all the follies, the govt too is caught in the midst ..
To add on, for maids from Sri Lanka, they are required by law to have registration with the FEB (Foreign Employment Bureau) which covers insurance and a lot more .. then again, direct registration takes 2 months, and agencies do it in 1 week
And without a registration, even when the maid has a confirmed job and even maid pass issued in the country where she works (like say IPA in Singapore), they are forced to engage an agent, and then they end up with an instant agent, instant 2 months or more 'fee' ..
And some wise-ass mentioned that the whole legalised robbery is to ensure the agents license fee .. is recovered .. by the agents ..
PS: I also have come across enough honest agents, who only ensure the 2 month fee is levied, and, ensure the maids get the basic exposure for household appliances sufficient, or put in their own training centres to teach them to use microwave, washing machine etc .. and are more than willing to ask the employer if they are willing to offset the placement costs, so the maids can work happily from day one .. but, such agents are a rare minority .. but, they do exist .. the rest are all ruthless, and anyway, it is business or so I am told ..