Tag Archives: Advocacy

TWC2 activity: proposals and recommendations

MOM makes about-turn after saying it can’t much help HBB workers

The Straits Times reporter met with the men on Thursday 2 March 2017. We thought the story would be out around the weekend, but the newspaper didn’t have enough space. Parliament was sitting and debating the budget; space in the Home section was at a premium. The story was the kind that we at Transient  Continue Reading »

TWC2 and HOME submit joint shadow report on Bangladesh re Migrant Worker Convention

Transient Workers Count Too and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) submitted a joint shadow report to the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) on Bangladesh. It was submitted via the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. This  Continue Reading »

TWC2 networks with regional NGOs at Dhaka conference

Alex Au, Treasurer of TWC2, represented Transient Workers Count Too at a back-to-back series of meetings and conferences in Dhaka, Bangladesh, first week of December 2016. First in the series was the General Forum of Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), a network of NGOs working on migration-related issues in the region. TWC2 is a full  Continue Reading »

Dorm operator fined $300,000 for having 10% more occupants than allowed

KT Mesdorm Pte Ltd, the operator of a purpose-built dormitory in the Boon Lay area was recently fined $300,000 for having more than the permitted number of workers living there. Mesdorm pleaded guilty to 30 charges. It is the first dorm operator to be so prosecuted, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a press  Continue Reading »

Over 80% of male foreign workers want to be paid through bank giro

Introduction In March 2016, Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan told Parliament that the government was not prepared to make bank payment of foreign worker salaries mandatory. He gave a few reasons which the section ‘Discussion’ below will address. TWC2 felt it would be worthwhile to do a simple survey to check what male work  Continue Reading »

Razibul goes from lots of work but no money, to no work no money

By Zhan Nanxin In his third month on the job, it was ‘Tomorrow…. Tomorrow’.  Then it became ‘Next week’ and gradually escalated to ‘Next month’. It’s November now, and Islam Razibul has not received his pay since June 2015. He waited patiently for three months, but eventually lodged a complaint at the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)  Continue Reading »

Qatar makes banked salaries mandatory, pulls ahead of Singapore

Qatar’s new regulations requiring employers to pay migrant workers via bank accounts will take effect in November 2015.  This puts the country ahead of Singapore, where our Ministry of Manpower is not addressing a widespread weakness. Here, employers can choose to pay employees in cash, and it is fairly common for employees to report that whilst  Continue Reading »

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)  Continue Reading »

TWC2 submits UPR shadow report to UN Human Rights

Once in four years, each member state of the United Nations is subject to peer review with respect to its human rights record. The Singapore government will appear before this process, known as Universal Periodic Review (UPR), in Geneva, in January 2016. In the lead-up to this process, the UN Office of the High Commissioner  Continue Reading »

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:  Continue Reading »