Give.asia and the Straits Times snatch two men from the jaws of penury

Islam Rafiqul and Sujan Ahmed were downcast when they first approached TWC2 for help. But by the time they went back to Bangladesh, their faith in Singaporeans was fully restored, thanks to the Straits Times and Give.asia — a crowdfunding platform for people in need. In Rafiqul’s case, he had won a Labour Court case,...

Straits Times: Gap in law to protect workers

Journalist Toh Yong Chuan had a short op-ed on page 2 of the Straits Times 24 Jan 2017 following his two reports of workers who could not collect on their Labour Court awards. See these stories on Islam Rafiqul and Sujan Ahmed. He argued that it was important to plug the gap in the law,...

Worker unable to collect injury compensation; MOM says he must be “realistic”

Just like Islam Rafiqul’s case which was told in the Straits Times last week, Sujan Ahmed too is unable to collect the Labour Court award he has been given. Sujan’s employer is simply refusing to pay up and the Ministry of Manpower suggested that he should apply to the State Courts for a Writ of Seizure...

Foreign cleaners’ pay should match local cleaners’

Following news that accelerated pay increases for cleaner will be implemented, but only for local employees, Transient Workers Count Too wrote to the Straits Times. On 16 December 2016, our letter published. Consider raising pay of foreign cleaners, too Foreign visitors often comment on how clean Singapore is, perhaps not appreciating that there is an...

Provide more public spaces for foreign workers within Little India – Debbie Fordyce

In response to member of parliament Denise Phua’s call on the government to fence off residents’ areas from foreign workers and do more to disperse them from Little India (see News Flash), TWC2 executive committee member Debbie Fordyce wrote to the Straits Times. Her letter was published 11 April 2016: — Provide more public spaces...

A Singapore company at the heart of fisherman trafficking — New York Times

The New York Times has an exposé on Step Up Marine, a manning agency operating out of Singapore’s Chinatown, and its network of recruiters in neighbouring countries. Young men are deceived and entrapped into horrendously abusive jobs on fishing trawlers, including Eril Andrade who died at sea. Court papers in the Philippines point the finger clearly...

Cleaners found living in bin centres

The Straits Times carried a feature report 18 July 2015 about Bangladeshi estate cleaners living in trash collection centres, commonly referred to as ‘bin centres’. Reporters visited eight such places across the island. The news story can be found by clicking the thumbnail below: Among the bin centres visited by the newspaper were two within...

Ensure pay is banked, offer (job) mobility

Published in the Straits Times Forum, 17 June 2015: — FOREIGN WORKERS’ WAGE WOES Ensure pay is banked, offer mobility Sunday’s report (“More foreign workers seek help over wage woes”) mentioned that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will be making it mandatory for employers to issue itemised payslips next year. Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)...

Today newspaper reports on our ‘day off’ findings

Today newspaper devoted a full page to our newly-released research report on weekly day off for domestic workers. Of the 195 respondents surveyed by the non-governmental organisation from July 2013 to October last year, only 41 per cent said they had four rest days each month. Close to a quarter said they got either one...

Kickbacks in the news: MWC urges workers to complain; reader retorts: “unlikely to work”

In the wake of the sentencing of a construction company boss for demanding kickbacks from his employees (see news story in Today newspaper, thumbnail at right), the Straits Times had a story about his unsavoury practice on 13 April 2015. The Straits Times noted that extortionate demands are typically made when the worker is most...