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...

Letter to Straits Times: Lower debt, raise job security

Following the deaths of two Bangladeshi workers in a fire , and a commentary article by Straits Times journalist Toh Yong Chuan (7 April 2015), TWC2 president Noorashikin Abdul Rahman wrote to the editor to better focus the root causes of poor housing.  The letter was published on 17 April 2015. Lower debt, raise job...

BBC features a 17,000-man dormitory

Headlined Singapore is keeping an eye on its foreign workers, the BBC did a report (14 April 2015) on Tuas View Dormitory, said to be the largest in Singapore, housing 17,000 migrant workers. While showcasing its facilities, it also discusses the surveillance system incorporated into its design and operations. The question of its location, at...

In the news: bad food served to workers

“Foul-smelling curry, rock-solid fish with scales still intact…” — this was how Today newspaper opened its story (titled “Foreign workers served ‘unappetising, stale food'”, 19 March 2015) on the poor quality of food that foreign workers get. The story referred primarily to male workers at construction sites. Based on an on-going survey by researchers from...

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

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...

John Gee in Straits Times: A win-win way to help injured foreign workers

This is the opinion piece by John Gee of Transient Workers Count Too, published in the Straits Times, 3 December 2014. —- A win-win way to help injured foreign workers The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is considering outsourcing the inspection of workplaces to counter the illegal employment of foreign workers, a task that currently involves...

Allow injured workers waiting for compensation to work, e.g. in services sector

Here’s is an op-ed by TWC2’s John Gee that was published in the Straits Times on Wednesday 3 December 2014: A win-win way to help injured foreign workers By John Gee.  Straits Times, 3 December 2014 The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is considering outsourcing the inspection of workplaces to counter the illegal employment of foreign...

Lebanese court rules that employer must return domestic worker’s passport

With permission from The Legal Agenda, TWC2 is pleased to reproduce an article from their English website discussing an important court ruling, recently announced in Beirut, Lebanon. The ruling discusses major issues: challenging the widespread practice of withholding passports the problematic nature of the sponsorship system violation of fundamental right to freedom of movement debunk the...