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18 09, 2015

Injured workers hit face-on with doctor and housing issues

2019-08-30T16:32:25+08:00September 18th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

Medical treatment and housing -- two issues that workers, after an injury, find themselves grappling with. They shouldn't have to, and it is troubling to any outside observer that soon after an injury, perhaps still in pain with mobility difficulties, anyone should find himself with these additional complications. For a little insight as to how and why these

8 09, 2015

The day an employer came to us for help

2019-08-30T16:32:25+08:00September 8th, 2015|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

By Alex Au One afternoon late March 2015, an employer came to Transient Workers Count Too to see if we could help him. "He was almost in tears," said my colleague Russell Heng who devoted more than half an hour lending him a sympathetic ear. He was a contractor with over a hundred workers, but he

20 08, 2015

Can’t fault the employer, yet there is a trust deficit

2019-08-30T16:32:25+08:00August 20th, 2015|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Stories|

When workers first approach TWC2 for help, an experienced volunteer would run through a checklist of questions with him. We do this because even though workers are quite able to describe the particular problem they need help with, they may not realise that there are other issues that require attention. For example, a worker who has

2 08, 2015

Sivam’s saints

2019-08-30T16:32:25+08:00August 2nd, 2015|Articles, Stories|

On the evening of Thursday, 2 July 2015, Subbaiah Ramasivam flew home to Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, a very happy man. He was still slapping himself to make sure he wasn't dreaming it all. In his pocket were slightly over two thousand dollars, money that less than a week earlier, he thought he'd never see again.

28 06, 2015

Akbar knocked out, but that’s only round one

2019-08-30T16:32:28+08:00June 28th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

Akbar is at risk of being cheated thousands of dollars. This story is going to explain how the conditions for this possible outrage has been laid. 6:30 pm, 26 March 2015. He blacks out. Construction worker Akbar Hossain Abdur Rob will not regain consciousness till days later. That gap remains a blank; he only knows

29 05, 2015

Kickback intermediaries return “agent money” in a hurry

2019-08-30T16:32:31+08:00May 29th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

Early indications were encouraging. Maybe it's a sign that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is at last taking kickback complaints seriously. But at the time of the interview, it's too early to say how this case will turn out. What is clear though is that Anwar Hossain Abdur Rab is happy. And very fortunate compared

20 03, 2015

Acting on a tip-off, TWC2 rescues a maid trapped over two years without a day off, part 2

2019-08-30T16:32:53+08:00March 20th, 2015|Articles, Media Coverage, News, Stories|

The Ministry of Manpower has accused TWC2 of publishing a "grossly untruthful account" relating to Indonesian domestic worker Wahyuni (see our earlier article here). This quote was contained in a story published in The New Paper on 8 March 2015 and archived on AsiaOne. See here and here. Transient Workers Count Too stands by our story