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31 03, 2017

Construction worker says he was asked to repair taxi gearbox

2019-08-30T16:31:33+08:00March 31st, 2017|Articles, Stories|

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

23 11, 2016

Sent to work illegally and caught by police

2019-08-30T16:31:58+08:00November 23rd, 2016|Articles, Stories|

"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

14 06, 2016

How we walked Muslem Motalb, with broken knee, home

2019-08-30T16:32:02+08:00June 14th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

Muslem Motalb will always remember Transient Workers Count Too fondly. "I [will] never forget TWC2," he told us in the days before he went home. "Many people in TWC2 help me so much." We'll tell the story here of what we did to help bring his case to a successful conclusion. It took almost a

16 05, 2016

Forced repatriation can lead to death, needs to be addressed

2019-08-30T16:32:02+08:00May 16th, 2016|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

Three recent posts here at this site demonstrate that employers continue to try to forcibly repatriate foreign workers, despite workers having unresolved salary claims or untreated injuries. This practice inflicts a great injustice on them. The failure of the authorities to stop it can only lead to speculation about conscious neglect. Mark Lamb has an eye-witness account of

29 04, 2016

Kamal climbs out of window, 12 floors up, to get help

2019-08-30T16:32:02+08:00April 29th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

Kamal gingerly opened a window, hoping it wouldn't make a noise. Heart pounding, he stepped out, trying not to look down. He was twelve floors up Block 601 Jurong West. With certain death should he miss a step, he made his way to the ground, never before so careful in his life. Hailing a taxi,

12 12, 2015

Clinic-shopping while Alam bleeds away

2019-08-30T16:32:22+08:00December 12th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

"Boss say I must not talking (tell others) how I accident," Alam recounts of the first hours after his forearm was torn open. "He say I must explain like this: (that) I go canteen to makan (eat), and I fall down there." "He tell other workers, nobody must talking." But when Alam Mahbubul finally got

7 12, 2015

Redeveloping Florida’s Remote Southern Coast

2019-08-30T16:32:22+08:00December 7th, 2015|News|

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7 12, 2015

How We Manage Large Construction Projects

2019-08-30T16:32:22+08:00December 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|

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24 11, 2015

A Sri Lankan’s story – the blurry line between exploitation and trafficking

2019-08-30T16:32:22+08:00November 24th, 2015|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Stories|

Transient Workers Count Too sees a relatively small number of Sri Lankans in the course of our work. There are far fewer of them in Singapore compared to Indians and Bangladeshis. Sri Lankans are an approved source for domestic work, construction and marine sectors, but except for women in the former, TWC2 can't recall seeing