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Forced to sign blank salary vouchers as soon as they take up their jobs

By Ashley Frois Salary disputes and unpaid wages are, unfortunately, common issues plaguing our foreign workers, but Shoriful Islam’s case stands out in particular. He and his colleagues are seasoned workers in Singapore, but on arrival earlier this year for their current job, were forced to sign empty salary vouchers. They knew this was irregular,...

The more we talked the more we discovered

By Jennifer Parenteau Mohamed Ariful sits down beside me and begins to tell me his story. At first it seems like a simple case of improper calculation of his medical leave wages, but as we talk it reveals much more than that! In June 2014, Ariful was working for the construction company, Calpen Contracters. He...

How the migrant worker system is regulated counts for a lot

This is the talk TWC2 vice-president Alex Au gave at the National University of Singapore to a large class (about 300 – 400)  of students from various faculties on 15 October 2014. The text here is a somewhat fuller version of the talk itself, which wasn’t entirely read from script, and which was constrained by...

Big hole in ground dug with big hole in worker's pay

Yeusof (not his real name) knew there was something wrong with his monthly pay slip from Hyundai Engineering & Construction when he showed up for breakfast at TWC2′s Cuff Road Project one morning in September 2014.  He was quite sure his employer had underpaid him, showing us his documents so that we might verify his...

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...