Workers' journeys will eventually come to an end, at which point they will choose to either work on a different project – or return to their home countries.
Regardless of their next move, the most important considerations are that they are paid in full and can move on without issue.
What is the SC responsible for?
The SC ensures the repatriation process is initiated when a worker volunteers to terminate their employment contract, when a fixed-period contract is completed, when a worker retires or when their employment is involuntarily terminated by their employer.
In general, any worker must give a notice period of one month. After this period, a final date for repatriation is decided. Workers are required to begin the demobilisation process, which includes an exit interview with HR personnel, obtaining a clearance letter from their accommodation manager and cancelling their residency permit, health card and employee ID.
The SC ensures adherence to the HR process and the payment of workers' end-of-service benefits. This includes their end-of-service gratuity (based on the number of years of service), salary for the last month or notice period, annual leave encashment (if not received), discretionary bonus (if applicable) and airfare to their home country.
For more information on the repatriation process, please refer to section 11.1 of the SC's Workers' Welfare Standards.