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After an injury, Sohag asked to sign "many paper"

By Fuxiong Some employers try to take advantage of a foreign worker’s weak English. They present stacks of papers for the worker to sign, papers that he can’t understand. All sorts of pressures are then applied on the worker to make him sign them, but doing so may prejudice his rights. Fortunately, Sohag Md Lowsar...

Half of construction workers deployed outside their skill areas

The report Training centres in Bangladesh have become money-minting machines (published September 2013) was based on research done in Dhaka. Drawing from anecdotal information, we asserted in the paper that “Most workers report that their Singapore jobs are unrelated to the skills they trained for.” This anecdotal information was from workers whom Transient Workers Count Too...

Mover moves back home

Most men from Bangladesh dress quite conservatively. Compared to his compatriots, Sohel, standing at our front door, flashed a lot of skin. Your writer remarked to himself: This guy is halfway to becoming Singaporean. When Sohel opened his mouth, more proof flowed. He was fluent in Singlish. It turned out that for the better part of...

Serving up shirts

Dinner time at the Cuff Road Project is usually hectic. Too many laid-off workers crowd into a tiny diner not just to get their meals, but to seek a consultation, get a document explained to them, or apply for an EZ-Link card. They’re also there to catch up with friends, or tell us about someone...

A brighter picture for hospital staff

“They didn’t ask any questions,” said Nor Karno, “unless the managers weren’t in the room. Then the questions came.” The Transient Workers Count Too social worker was describing his experience giving three talks at Bright Vision Hospital in March 2014. It was a sign of enlightened management practice that the hospital management invited TWC2 to...