16 Singapore maid agencies fix price | More Indonesian maids to go to Malaysia

The following 16 maid agencies have until June 27 to prove they did not engage in price-fixing:
- Arrow Employment
- Best Home Employment Agency
- Comfort Employment
- Crislo Employment Agency
- Crislo Resources
- Homekeeper International
- Jack Focus
- Javamaids
- JPB International Services
- Maid Management Services
- Nation Employment
- Net Resources Recruitment
- Nora Employment Agency
- SLF Green Maid Agency
- Swift Personnel
- TM Global HR Consultancy

Questions: How to prove no price-fixing? By ensuring different salaries by different maid agencies? Surely they still can meet to fix the price, this time to have different prices.

It won't be that easy to prove no such price-fixing going on!

Meanwhile in Malaysia, it's said that there will be more Indonesian maids coming over. Perhaps then, what those 16 maid agencies have been accused is just natural. Yes, it's wrong. Legally wrong! But now there's a competition of demand for Indonesian maids from the neighbourhood country. So there.

SIXTEEN maid agencies have been accused of engaging in price-fixing by meeting to discuss a collective pay increase for new Indonesian maids, from $380 to $450 a month.

They now have until June 27 to prove otherwise to the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) or face a fine, a CCS statement said on Friday.

The 16 agencies include major players such as Nation Employment, Best Home Employment Agency and Homekeeper International.

Employment agencies should determine the salaries of new Indonesian maids independently, 'without discussion or agreement with any other employment agency', said the CCS statement.

It was first reported in February that the anti-competition watchdog was investigating the agencies, which reportedly met in January to discuss the pay rise to ease a supply crunch that had arisen because of competing demand from other countries.

A Proposed Infringement Decision was issued to the agencies yesterday, asking them to present their arguments before the CCS makes a final decision.

From Straits Times, "Maid pay hike: 16 agencies face fines".

Indonesian labour agents expect to despatch 1,000 domestic workers every month to Malaysia after the republic lifts the two-year moratorium.

Association of Indonesian Labour Exporters chairman Yunus Yamani said recruitment agencies had been training workers over the past two months in anticipation of the lifting of the ban.

He said many Indonesian maids still preferred to work in Malaysia due to language and cultural similarities.

“Some (workers) went to Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Taiwan but ended up returning to their villages to wait for the ban (on Malaysia to be lifted) or to find work nearer home.

“Before the ban, some 3,000 Indonesians entered Malaysia to work as domestic workers,” he told The Star in an interview here.

Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta have signed a Letter of Intent to give a new dimension to the employment of domestic workers in Malaysia and the two countries agreed on revised terms.

A joint working task force was set up to scrutinise four main issues pertaining to the recruitment of maids a day's rest every week, handling of the maid's passport according to Immigration laws, the structure of fees charged by recruiting agents and on runaway maids.

Yunus said Indonesian domestic workers were also finding it less attractive to work overseas as many had been able to find employment locally.

“Out of 500 domestic workers, 100 have dropped out of the market as they are no longer interested in working overseas,” he said, adding that some of them could earn up to 1.5 million rupiah a month in Jakarta, which is equivalent to about RM500.

“There are also many factories set up by Taiwanese and Korean investors in recent years,” he added.

Saudi Arabia overtook Malaysia last year as the country with the largest number of Indonesian migrant workers, with 367,719 of them.

A total of 154,202 Indonesian migrant workers arrived in Malaysia last year.

From The Star Online, "Indonesian maid influx expected".


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