MAID ASKS FOR 2 OFF DAYS A MONTH, AGENT ASKS IF SHE’S HERE TO WORK OR HOLIDAY?

Volunteers and I have been trying to help a domestic worker find a new employer after things didn’t work out with the previous one. After 3 rounds of interviews, the agent calls me in exasperation.

Agent: This is too much. She is too fussy. I spent all that taxi fare on her, bring her for interviews at employer’s house but she is not interested.

Me: What do you mean?

Agent: She wants 2 days off a month. Is she here to work or to enjoy a holiday? Employer can at most give 1 day off, not 2. Because of this she doesn’t want the job?

Me: Do you think you could convince the employer to at least let her have 2 days off a month?

Agent: No, at the moment I can’t find anyone. If you want to work in Singapore you must accept this. How many employers will give you so many off days? She must be prepared to work hard, not treat coming here as holiday. I have already spent all this money on her, including the MOM application fee of $30. She has to pay me back.

Volunteer: Why don’t you want this employer?

Worker: I don’t think I could work with only 1 day off. I would probably be unhappy and want to leave. There’s no point for me. I’d rather go home.

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