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Worker with infectious disease had treatment aborted

In theory, employers are required by law to provide medical treatment for work permit holders they bring into Singapore. In practice, the more unscrupulous employers will try to get the employee out of Singapore before the worker realises he is being deprived of treatment and learns to use official channels to get his employer to...

Are workers' troubles due to ignorance or to harsh realities that leave them vulnerable?

By Elizabeth Zhou The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) recently printed colourful flyers in four languages – English, Chinese, Bengali and Tamil. Meant to reassure and educate the migrant worker community of the procedures and processes in place to take care of their rights, these flyers paint an image of a benign and helpful ministry, one...

Company insists Aktar see a doctor he has no faith in

By Isabel Chew Aktaruzzaman is intent on telling me his story. His cellphone rings a number of times during our interview but he rejects them because it is more important that people hear his story. On 23 July, Aktar and a co-worker were moving a 6-inch pipe weighing (by his estimate) 60 kg when his...

MOM orders company to pay MC wages, a month on, worker still waiting

By Jennifer Parenteau As an employer, you are responsible for medical leave wages and medical expenses of your worker injured at work, even if they have been dismissed. When you read this quote from a Work Safety & Health (WSH) bulletin, published in April 2013 by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), you might breath a...

No salary, no day off for 20 months, part 2

By Nissa Mai Continued from Part 1. I have a lot of other questions for Surya [1]. How did such an empowered, decisive young woman get trapped in a clearly illegal and exploitative situation for such long time? Wasn’t her contract for only two years? And if she didn’t receive her salary, why didn’t she...