Diluted Justice: Protection and redress for trafficked fishermen in Asia

A joint research by Dr Sallie Yea and Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) reveals that trafficked fishermen face insurmountable barriers to access legal and economic justice and protection. These barriers are caused by the following factors: significant gaps in measures for victim identification, a lack of coordinated support for the psycho-social needs and well-being of...

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Extend subsidised Zika testing to foreign workers

Our press release made it into the Straits Times 7 September 2016 (imaged above) — Statement for the media: Transient Workers Count Too urges the Ministry of Health to rethink the exclusion of subsidised testing for foreign workers who may be infected with the Zika virus. The Ministry announced yesterday that Singaporeans and Permanent Residents...

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TWC2 urges stop work orders when haze PSI crosses 200

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) is gravely concerned that current bad haze conditions will affect the health of workers in many trades, e.g. construction, marine, sanitation, landscaping. TWC2 strongly urges the government to impose a mandatory Stop Work Order when 3-hour average PSI readings, issued hourly, exceed 200, or when PM2.5 readings exceed 50 micrograms...

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The Right to Rest: The effectiveness of the ‘day off’ legislation for foreign domestic workers

Government legislation has helped improve foreign domestic workers’ access to compensation in lieu of a day off, but 59% of foreign domestic workers in Singapore still do not get a weekly day off. To mark International Domestic Workers’ Day (16 June 2015), Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) publishes a new report: ‘The Right to Rest:...

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Direct Services Report for 2014

2014 marked Transient Workers Count Too’s tenth year. It was also a year in which the number of meals served at The Cuff Road Project (our food programme for destitute migrant workers) since its launch in 2008 crossed the 500,000 mark. For the first time, we were regularly able to shelter domestic workers who were desperate...

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To solve salary non-payments, underlying factors must be addressed too

Transient Workers Count Too is glad to hear that the Ministry of Manpower has stepped up enforcement of the Employment Act with respect to delayed or non-payment of salaries. Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower told Parliament in an oral answer, 11 May 2015, that the ministry “now investigates every salary-related claim for employees...

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TWC2 partners with Ogilvy & Mather to call on employers to give domestic workers their due day off

  Press Release 23 April 2015 In the run up to International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, on May 1, TWC2 has partnered with Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) to launch a campaign urging employers to grant a weekly day off to their domestic workers.  As part of the campaign, O&M has created a short film...

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Straits Times forum: Salary non-payment a big issue for migrant workers

Further to the feature on poor accommodation for foreign workers in the Straits Times 19 August 2014 mentioned earlier in Cost implications of government policies crucial to question fo foreign worker accommodation, TWC2 vice-president Alex Au’s letter to the Forum editor was published on Monday 25 August 2014: Salary non-payment a big issue for migrant...

TWC2’s response to the COI Report on the Little India Riot

Media Statement For immediate release, 3 July 2014  TWC2’s response to the COI Report on the Little India Riot TWC2 wishes to make three points in response to the Report on the Little India Riot issued 30 June 2014 by the Committee of Inquiry (COI): I) TWC2 appreciates that the COI’s recommendations on how to...

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Additional steps needed beyond making itemised pay slips mandatory

Media Statement For immediate release 14 January 2014 On 13 January 2014, the Ministry of Manpower issued a media statement “Tripartite Guidelines on Issuance of Itemised Payslips“. Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) have been highlighting for years the need to make itemised payslips mandatory, as an essential step in combating salary abuses, a common problem...