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...

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...