We should ask govt to waive maid levy

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We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby mistral77 » Wed May 21, 2014 10:53 am

Nowadays, maid agency fees are high.
Maids are also asking for higher and higher salaries.
We need to give $80 more when maids do not go on their weekend off days.
The maid levy should be waived. Places like HK, Taiwan, etc does not have this maid levy.

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby 33mama » Wed May 21, 2014 11:46 am

totally support you.
1) waive levy
2) no transfer... if it does not work out, maid has to go back.

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby taz » Wed May 21, 2014 12:34 pm

:goodpost:

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby chixchix » Wed May 21, 2014 1:26 pm

No point ranting here.. Write a petition,, but in this Sillypore no one is going to listen to us :dancing:

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby st2 » Wed May 21, 2014 3:17 pm

Unlikely for them to give up the levy.

The least MOM can do is to set regulation to not allow transfer or any transfer has to have the maid leave Singapore for at least 2 months and re do paperwork for new employer and re entry. This would help in many ways.

If the maid know that her job position is vulnerable, she will take her interview seriously, commit to a job scope and take the job seriously and try her best to perform in order to keep her job.

Right now, they say yes to anything in to interview to step into Singapore. They then decide they don't like the job/family, they break things or act crazy to get you to send them back to the agency, laze around, net work and get more tips how to take advantage of employers (21 days levy paid by us) with free food and lodging.

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby taz » Wed May 21, 2014 3:30 pm

st2 wrote:Unlikely for them to give up the levy.

The least MOM can do is to set regulation to not allow transfer or any transfer has to have the maid leave Singapore for at least 2 months and re do paperwork for new employer and re entry. This would help in many ways.

Right now, they say yes to anything in to interview to step into Singapore. They then decide they don't like the job/family, they break things or act crazy to get you to send them back to the agency, laze around, net work and get more tips how to take advantage of employers (21 days levy paid by us) with free food and lodging.


Agreed to both.
My previous maid done this.
Done phone interview to tell details of household sizes (couple w 2kids in 5rm), Just yes to everything and within 1 weeks, she request for transfer to 1 child family as she only want to take care of 1kid only, all planned out according to her plan.
She got her wish as we are stuck with the agency and her loan.
Luckily we got another maid which stay with us coming to end of contract soon.

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby sunset_dae » Wed May 21, 2014 3:45 pm

I waited so long for this maid levy to be waived.. wait till neck long also dont have...

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby pirate » Wed May 21, 2014 8:45 pm

You have more chance targeting the agencies than the levy. For example, lobbying for the agency fees to be refunded prorata if the domestic worker does not complete the contract, except in cases of maid abuse.

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby 12mum » Wed May 21, 2014 8:57 pm

Yes, if can't cancel at least lower the sum.

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Re: We should ask govt to waive maid levy

Postby janet88 » Wed May 21, 2014 11:06 pm

33mama wrote:totally support you.
1) waive levy
2) no transfer... if it does not work out, maid has to go back.

agree...this way, the maid cannot get to choose employer.

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