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Engineering diploma-holder made to work as general labourer

By Hui Zhen Manikandan was instructed to meet “boss” one day, after six days’ absence from work, and told he would be fined $180 ($30 a day) for not being on the job. “Boss say, ‘Don’t give story’,” he exclaimed. He was then gripped by his shirt and told he’d be sent back to India....

TWC2 calls for comprehensive bill on labour trafficking

TWC2 calls for practices of labour trafficking suffered by low wage migrant workers in all sectors of employment and foreign fishermen who dock in Singapore or on transit in the country to be addressed in the “Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill”. In a 17-page document submitted via email on 18 April 2014 to the address...

Polash, Palus and their passports

It is normal procedure for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to require employers to hand over foreign workers’ passports when employees have made salary complaints. “Today, MOM officer call two times to him (the boss),” Polash tells TWC2. “MOM officer give him up to 2pm to bring passports.” But it was well after 2pm before...

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...