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Korea's regulatory system for migrant workers offers many features worth emulating

When an employer in South Korea needs to fill a position with a foreign worker, he has to apply to the central government’s Job Center. This state body will provide the employer with three shortlisted workers and the employer has to choose from among them. When Kim Misun, executive director of We Friends, an NGO...

"Locking into container never happened," says employer

Express Point Engineering Pte Ltd took exception to our article published on 17 December 2014, titled ‘Injured Hossian hidden away in locked container’. The employer asserted that this was untrue, though this was possibly later qualified with a further nuance: that they had no knowledge of any such incident. Following an email from Express Point,...

With good employer, Vijay may soon have another mouth to feed

Once in a while, we come across a worker who tells us that he is treated well by his employer. Vijay is one of them. He has asked us not to use his real name because he hopes to continue working with the same employer after he has recovered from his injury. To reveal his...

Container accommodation, but for toilet, must go very far

By Keith Wong “For toilet, must go very far,” is how Syful Md Siddiqur Rahman puts it. “How far is far?” I ask. “Go into the jungle?” “No jungle there,” he explains. “Go other corner [of] site. Very big site.” Syful is describing his living conditions and the sanitation arrangements he has to put up...

With each job here, Saide gets poorer

By Lindene Cleary His first job didn’t even last a year, losing out on unpaid salaries. His second job lasted barely a week, with him having to foot hospital bills. His personal finances are awash in red ink. We all suffer from accidents and bad luck from time to time. We miss the bus, we...