Challenges facing Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore
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The paper describes the multiple abuses and challenges facing a foreign domestic worker (FDW) that include isolation, intolerable working conditions, dependency on the employer and poor payment for the work. The paper explores the transactional model of stress and how it shows how maids and their employers will be able to adjust elements of their relationship and environment to reduce abuse and regain balance. The paper recommends ways for FDWs to regain confidence and increase their personal power while meeting their employers legitimate demands.
From the Paper:"Another challenge comes from financial strictures. The financial problems of many workers begin when they agree to become workers. Agencies often charge the worker for the opportunity to work in Singapore. Many of the workers do not have the initial payment and agree to work and pay later. This debt may require many months' salary to repay before the worker begins to earn a salary. Employers can often change worker's salaries, with hold payment for spurious reasons or deduct monies as fines for trumped up infractions in the work place, thus compounding the problem. The actions and power of employers create an environment where FDWs feel threatened and have limited control over their income, movement, and opportunities; this creates servile dependency, vulnerability, stress, and anxiety.
"Employers also face challenges from the FDWs they hire and from the cultural expectations of the society. In Singapore, there is a competitive market for quality caregivers and maid service overall is seen as a necessary part of life. It is not only necessary for the care of children and the upkeep of the home. The use of FDWs is a status symbol. Acquiring the service is costly, as employers are required to make payments to the agents and have insurance for their employees. Employers are fearful that a worker may run away or go to another employer. When this transpires, the employer stands to lose a significant sum of money and prestige."
Sample of Sources Used:
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- Made to order: Work place abuses in Singapore. (2005). Retrieved from Human Rights Watch web site: http://www.hrw.org/en/node/11507/section/6
- Singapore accused of maid neglect. (2005). Retrieved from the BBC News Web site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4502046.stm
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