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Singapore: NTUC launches centre to help domestic workers

Singapore: NTUC launches centre to help domestic workers

by IDWFED published Jan 25, 2016 12:00 AM
Contributors: Joanna Seow/The Straits Times
It will give advice on employment issues, provide mediation and run helpline too.



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A new Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) was launched by the labour movement on January 24.  

This is part of the ongoing outreach by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to all workers of all nationalities, said labour chief Chan Chun Sing.

Besides employment-related advice, the CDE will provide services such as mental health counselling, legal clinics, mediation, humanitarian aid and emergency shelter.

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"The centre will also be looking at the entire system to see where we can improve (it)... so that we can have a more positive environment for our domestic employees," said Mr Chan, who is NTUC's secretary-general, at the launch event at Goldhill Centre in Thomson Road.

CDE chairman Yeo Guat Kwang said that the centre would cater mostly to foreign domestic workers, of whom there are around 227,100 here now. The figure is projected to grow to 300,000 by 2030. Other domestic workers number from 3,000 to 5,000 and include drivers, gardeners and part-time domestic workers, he said.

On the CDE's agenda are raising awareness of employment rights and holding workshops to promote good employment practices.

It will visit some source countries with employment agency associations to understand the issues foreign domestic workers face before they arrive. It is also in discussions with embassies on what more can be done to ensure the expectations of maids and employers match.

The CDE will be open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesdays to Sundays, except public holidays. The toll free 24-hour helpline is 1800-CALL-CDE (1800-2255-233).

Source: Joanna Seow/The Straits Times

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