Firms Punished for Illegal Housing of Foreign Workers in Singapore

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MOM Takes Action Against Illegal Accommodation of Foreign Workers


In 2016, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has clamped down strongly on the illegal housing of foreign workers. They have conducted regular operations to track and monitor any unlawful activities with regards to the welfare and accommodation of foreign workers. In December, a construction firm was fined for housing their workers in non MOM approved accommodation. In addition to this fine, the company was also banned from hiring any foreign workers and were not permitted to renew the work permits of their current workers. This ban is a large blow for the company given its nature of operations which rely heavily on foreign workers.


Additionally, two other companies were also fined in March 2016 for putting up their workers in dangerous living accommodation and for falsely declaring a different location in MOM's online platform for declaring the living accommodations for workers. These two incidents are just some of the cases that have been highlighted in the media. Beyond these, MOM has also taken action against other firms who have not followed the regulations set for housing their workers. These enforcement efforts will likely be continued and strengthened as the Ministry is extremely focused on ensuring the safety and welfare of foreign workers.


Is Illegal Housing Worth it?


It is likely that accommodating foreign workers in unauthorized locations is cheaper than approved accommodations such as Dormitories. However, these lower prices usually come as a trade-off in terms of safety, facilities, hygiene and in general, living standards. We believe that a good living environment is essential for happier and more productive workers. Furthermore, given the strict enforcement by government agencies, it is not worth it to go against the law and suffer the large financial penalties and bans that have been meted out to past offenders.


We are here to help you find the right worker dormitory for your foreign workers in Singapore that is in line with MOM's rules and regulations. Please do contact us if you have any queries and we will be glad to be of service to you.