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Contract substitution made easier by ministry?

Over the years, Transient Workers Count Too has seen many cases where, after arriving in Singapore to start on their jobs, migrant workers are told by their bosses that the salary stated on the In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter will not be honoured. Instead they are given the choice of accepting a lower salary, or be sent  Continue Reading »

The Everglory scam: productivity incentive shot to pieces

This is a story of how one branch of the government undermines what another branch is trying to do. Low productivity in the construction industry has been a concern for years. Among the measures being tried is a push to get construction companies to have higher-skilled or more experienced workers. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA),  Continue Reading »

Bangladeshi bank charges 10% interest per month

Rakib and Kanak don’t know each other, but both come on the same day to Transient Workers Count Too with similar stories. The chief similarity was that they both had borrowed from Brac Bank whose branches and billboards can be seen all over Bangladesh. This bank is a major loan-maker to Bangladeshi men needing to  Continue Reading »

Construction worker says he was asked to repair taxi gearbox

Singapore is so short of labour that a well-known taxi company has been relying on construction workers to run its vehicle workshops. They are asked to clean the taxis, but also “do gearbox repair,” says Uddin Jashim, 31, a former worker there. Your writer asks him, with some concern, “Do you know how to repair  Continue Reading »

Sent to work illegally and caught by police

“The police was at the gate of the shipyard that day, checking all workers arriving at work,” Nagelli Mahendar Reddy tells TWC2. “I think someone had informed them that there were illegal workers.” Unfortunately, Nagelli was one of the ‘illegals’. He did not have a work permit. He and a few others from the same  Continue Reading »

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