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...

Frequently asked questions — our views on the riot in Little India

We will inundated with press enquiries on Monday, 9 December 2013, following the small riot in Little India the night before. Many reporters asked similar questions. Below are the more common ones and your responses. —- Q: To what extent can or should the incident be read as indicative of any underlying tensions or frustrations...

Media statement on rioting in Little India

For immediate release 9 December 2013 TWC2 is saddened and disturbed by the rioting in Little India last night. We do not condone senseless acts of violence and would like to see those responsible apprehended and put to justice. We are also concerned about the vitriol and xenophobia online against foreign workers. We would like...

New exco for 2013 to 2015

New TWC2 Executive Committee At the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 24 March 2013, the following were elected un-opposed to the nine-member Executive Committee: President: Russell Heng Hiang Khng Vice President: Alex Au Waipang Secretary: Bashir Basalamah Treasurer: Noorashikin Abdul Rahman The other 5 members of the committee are: Deborah Desloge Fordyce, Jill Ratnam, Robert...

Two anniversaries in March 2013

For immediate release Two anniversaries are taking place in March 2013: On 9th March, it will be ten years since the launch of The Working Committee Two at a forum in the courtyard of the old National Library building. It was from this ad-hoc group that Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) emerged, becoming a society...

On the labour dispute between SMRT and its drivers from China

Press Release 29 November 2012 情网下翻阅 Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) notes with concern statements issued by some stakeholders since the SMRT labour dispute on 26 November 2012. Until key facts have been established by the police and full accounts from both employer and workers given a chance to be heard, TWC2 calls upon the...

Update on donations to Bugis MRT accident victims – $66,332 as at 30 July 2012

Transient Workers Count Too Media Release 31 July 2012 For immediate release Update on donations to Bugis MRT accident victims As at 4 pm on Monday, 30 July 2012, the donations actually in hand totalled $66,332. There are some additional cheques, SgGives and Paypal transactions still being cleared or in electronic transit, and a few...

Raising productivity needs direct intervention; lengthening maximum employment period too indirect

The Ministry of Manpower’s extension of the maximum period of employment of work permit holders from six to ten years is a move in the right direction (See http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/Pages/PressReleasesDetail.aspx?listid=415). Like the ministry, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) believes that improving the skill levels and productivity of foreign workers should be a key aim. This move,...

TWC2 glad that Tanjong Pagar MP has raised issue of abandoned injured workers

Transient Workers Count Too Monday, March 12, 2012 Media Release For immediate release TWC2 glad that Tanjong Pagar MP has raised issue of abandoned injured workers; invites reporters to 4th anniversary of our free meals programme The issue that Ms Indranee Rajah (PAP Tanjong Pagar) brought up in parliament, in relation to injured foreign workers...

Government making weekly rest day mandatory for foreign domestic workers a progressive move

Transient Workers Count Too Monday, 5 March 2012 Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) welcomes the announcement by the Ministry of Manpower requiring a weekly rest day for foreign domestic workers (FDW). TWC2 has been advocating this ever since we started in 2003 and is pleased that this significant move forward is now being taken. Over...