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Just like Islam Rafiqul’s case which was told in the Straits Times last week, Sujan Ahmed too is unable to collect the Labour Court award he has been given. Sujan’s employer is simply refusing to pay up and the Ministry of Manpower suggested that he should apply to the State Courts for a Writ of Seizure...
Islam Rafiqul’s case was highlighted in a full-page story in the Straits Times 19 January 2017. Headlined “Labour Court can’t make employer pay”, it described this Bangladeshi worker’s plight, having been owed over $7,363 in unpaid wages. His case went through the usual channels at the Ministry of Manpower, resulting in him winning a Labour...
By Isaac Ong In April 2016, 36 year-old Wahed M A was in hospital recovering from a left eye surgery, hoping to return to work to support his wife and three children back home in Bangladesh. Unbeknownst to him, his worries were far from over. In the coming months, he would be refused payment for...
Starting basic salaries for first-time workers from India and Bangladesh have remained more or less static since 2006, averaging slightly under Singapore dollars 600 per month. However, when adjusted for inflation, a downward trend is seen, and thus, in terms of Singapore purchasing power, average basic salaries have declined about 20% since 2006. The above...
One of the major themes when analysing the current crisis of neoliberal capitalism is the way economic rent has run amuck, exacerbating the rich-poor divide. Economic rent is the profit extracted by a party who has access to a resource that others do not have and which others feel they need. That party does not...
“Heartbeat”, our next orientation session for potential volunteers is scheduled for Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017, at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in helping with the cause, please email the Administration Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org with the header “interested in volunteering”. For more information about volunteering roles, click here.
(Some of you who had written in earlier would have been given the date 23 Jan 2017 for your Heartbeat session. This is correct; it is not postponed to 14 February. The latter date is for those newly writing in.)
Our office will be close at 1pm on Friday, 27 January 2016, being the eve of Chinese New Year. The office will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, 30 and 31 January. We will re-open on Wednesday, 1 Feb 2016.
Please join our next outreach on Sunday 22 January 2017 from 4 – 6pm, when we fan out to distribute flyers and share information with migrant workers at a specified location near an MRT station (to be decided). If you’re able to help, please drop an email to email@example.com with the header “can help with Jan 2017 outreach”.