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22 11, 2018

Recruitment cost in some cases about 20 times monthly salary

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00November 22nd, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Stories|

In this article "$" represents the Singapore Dollar unless we specifically say otherwise, e.g."US$". It's been some time since we last wrote about recruitment costs. It's not a topic we should lose sight of. No progress is being made on this front, and high costs remain the chief reason why migrant workers cannot exert their

15 09, 2018

For men from a poor country, choice is a mirage

2019-08-30T16:30:47+08:00September 15th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

In June 2018, TWC2 volunteer Alston Ng went around asking Bangladeshi workers, "Why did you choose to come to Singapore to work?" The words “neoliberal capitalism” are rarely heard in Singapore, but its message has nonetheless found a faithful following among Singaporeans. Markets are best optimised when left to run by itself, because the exercise

7 05, 2017

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

2019-08-30T16:31:33+08:00May 7th, 2017|Articles, Happenings, News, Our Stand|

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

9 11, 2016

Pay is many times better than in Bangladesh, but living conditions worse

2019-08-30T16:31:58+08:00November 9th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

By Poh De Sheng Farid is a Bangladeshi national who has had the uncommon experience of having worked at shipyards in both Bangladesh and Singapore. He was able to offer a comparison of the conditions workers face in Singapore vis-à-vis Bangladesh. Back in Bangladesh, Farid shared a house with six co-workers in the city of

1 12, 2014

Over the years, migrant workers have faced ‘deteriorating conditions’ — John Gee

2019-08-30T16:32:56+08:00December 1st, 2014|Articles, Happenings, News, Our Stand|

At a symposium organised by the Asia Research Institute, TWC2 head of research John Gee said that whilst globally, there had never been better protection in law for migrants' rights, yet in many respects, their actual position was going backwards. Even in Singapore, he felt there has been progress, but placement costs represent one area in which

22 11, 2014

A visit to a skills training centre in Bangladesh

2019-08-30T16:32:57+08:00November 22nd, 2014|Articles, Stories|

A visit to the Asea Trading International Singapore Skills Centre in Tangail District of Bangladesh began with a conversation with the managing director Mr. Md Anisur Rahman. He proudly boasted that his centre hosts about 100 men at a time offering training in such skills as welding, electrical wiring, waterproofing, pipefitting and installing acoustical ceilings.

2 11, 2014

Singapore second most popular destination for Bangladeshi workers in 2013

2019-08-30T16:32:59+08:00November 2nd, 2014|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

TWC2 has received two research reports from the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit which is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. They make for sober reading. In one of them, titled Labour migration from Bangladesh 2013 report, some interesting statistics are provided. Singapore was the second most popular destination country in 2013, with 60,057 work migrants

13 04, 2014

Half of construction workers deployed outside their skill areas

2019-08-30T16:33:33+08:00April 13th, 2014|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

The report Training centres in Bangladesh have become money-minting machines (published September 2013) was based on research done in Dhaka. Drawing from anecdotal information, we asserted in the paper that "Most workers report that their Singapore jobs are unrelated to the skills they trained for." This anecdotal information was from workers whom Transient Workers Count Too