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14 10, 2012

Mopping is for diploma holders

2019-08-30T16:35:23+08:00October 14th, 2012|Articles, Stories, Uncategorized|

Soman Murugappan worked hard for his diploma in electrical and electronics engineering, specialising in instrumentation and control. If he's lucky, he'll be getting a job as a cleaner. The 26-year-old from Tamil Nadu, India, came to Singapore in early April 2012. He had been given a job with an airconditioning piping company. Things went smoothly

10 09, 2012

Home sweet home

2019-08-30T16:35:24+08:00September 10th, 2012|Articles, Stories|

The men were beginning to doze off in their post-lunch siesta, when a van-load of officers from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) arrived. Strangely, the officers didn't speak to any of them, said Chandan Sarkar, one of the 30 foreign workers on site, but went around taking pictures instead – of each man, the worksite,

17 04, 2012

Cat on velvet

2019-08-30T16:36:03+08:00April 17th, 2012|Articles, Stories|

This senior gentleman is scrutinising the back of Debbie Fordyce's name card. He's probably wondering: What exactly does this woman do? What mischief does she get up to? Meanwhile, she's seated less than two metres away, smiling politely, but silent as a cat on velvet – as the saying goes. The back of the card

13 04, 2012

Interactive Akash

2019-08-30T16:36:03+08:00April 13th, 2012|Articles, Happenings|

Be Bangladeshi worker Akash for a little while -- that's the concept behind the interactive video produced by Nanyang Technological University students Avril and Yanling (lower right inset above) for their final year project. It's a documentary with a twist, taking the viewer through the experiences of a fictional character as he leaves his home

2 02, 2012

Tired of waiting

2019-08-30T16:36:21+08:00February 2nd, 2012|Articles, Stories|

Unlike other stories at this site, 29-year-old Madasamy Muniyandi's story is not one of grievous injustice. He has no major beef with his employer though he suffered a bad accident that has left him with a permanent impairment. But he's tired of waiting. The process is very slow. As an only son, his mother is

7 01, 2012

Samad wants his $1,000 back

2019-08-30T16:36:23+08:00January 7th, 2012|Articles, Stories|

Samad Hossain didn't think it was a critical problem when, one year into his job as a construction worker, his employer began deducting $300 a month from his earnings. It was explained to him that the deductions, spread over four months (October 2010 to January 2011) and totalling $1,000 (only $100 was deducted at the

22 12, 2011

Why is there no bed?

2019-08-30T16:36:24+08:00December 22nd, 2011|Articles, Happenings|

Would teenagers be able to understand the travails of working life? Especially those of migrant workers?  At their age, they had never had any taste of work, nor would they have had much contact with migrant workers, except perhaps foreign domestic maids in their homes. These concerns weighed on Alex's mind as December 10, 2011