Tag Archives: Advocacy

TWC2 activity: proposals and recommendations

Straits Times reports on ‘gaps in Labour Court system’ and the plight of 5 Zach Engineering employees

Following the launch of TWC2’s research report yesterday (see Labour protection for the vulnerable: challenges and recommendations), the Straits Times carried two stories Friday (30 June 2017) almost filling up all of page B4.   The newspaper noted that our research study found “significant obstacles and uneven enforcement” that prevent migrant workers from getting justice,  Continue Reading »

Neat payslips hide violations in plain sight

Rahman Habibur complains that he has been short-paid for well over a year. It is not immediately obvious when one looks at his payslips. They appear very clearly drawn up. But closer examination reveals that he has a case. Habibur, together with workmate Uddin Jashim, figured in an earlier story Construction worker says he was asked  Continue Reading »

TWC2 participates in country review of Bangladesh at the United Nations in Geneva

Transient Workers Count Too was represented at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Bangladesh government’s handling of migrant worker issues came under scrutiny. Specifically, Bangladesh’s governance was reviewed against its commitments to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families. Bangladesh ratified this convention in August  Continue Reading »

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 »