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Worker asks an inconvenient question, finds himself out of a job

By William Chin The laws are there and the processes are supposed to be in place to help employees who have been injured at work. Saiful’s story however, gives a glimpse of the hoops that migrant workers have to jump through and the price they pay. On 3 December 2013, Saiful Islam Lokman Hossain sustained...

Just passing through

By Kellynn Wee and Marusa Godina The Singapore passport is powerful. According to the international 2014 Visa Restrictions Index, this neat crimson document offers Singaporeans visa-free travel to 167 out of 219 countries in the world, making our passport sixth in the world in terms of global mobility. Singaporeans’ easy trips in and out of...

Did the police even know they were visiting a private prison?

By Sabrina Tay Cowering in severe pain, Shafiqul lay on the floor of his cell and dialled ‘999’. The police and the ambulance arrived shortly. At the same time, the doors to Shafiqul’s cell unlocked as if by themselves and the guards assigned to watch over him miraculously vanished. Shafiqul was taken to the National...

No pay unless you work, go back to India if you don't -- worker with arm in cast is told

By Ranjana Raghunathan Vadivelan asks me nervously, “Can I trust these [TWC2 volunteers] people? They asked if I was willing to tell you my story, and I just shared everything with you. But I do not know what will happen. Will I get into more trouble if I share my story? I am entangled in...

To solve salary non-payments, underlying factors must be addressed too

Transient Workers Count Too is glad to hear that the Ministry of Manpower has stepped up enforcement of the Employment Act with respect to delayed or non-payment of salaries. Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower told Parliament in an oral answer, 11 May 2015, that the ministry “now investigates every salary-related claim for employees...