In an attempt to combat the ‘non-problem’ of ‘job shopping’, the government has tightened rules to further entrap the city’s long-suffering domestic helpers. Last week, the Immigration Department responded to supposed ‘public concern‘, announcing that it will now make it harder for domestic workers to quit their contracts.
It has promised to ‘fortify‘ the assessment of helper’s visa applications to ‘closely scrutinise‘ those who have changed employers several times. The stricter measures against ‘premature contract termination’ mean that the Immigration Department can refuse further applications for employment if they suspect a helper of ‘non-compliance’ or ‘abuse’ of contract.
In the past two months, the government has refused 45 such visa applications under these measures. The only circumstances in which a domestic maid may be freely released from a contract include migration, death, a change in the financial situation of the employer or abuse/exploitation.