Volunteer Nicole asks migrant worker Sadek to tally up how much he paid to secure this third job in Singapore. He also mentions who profitted.
This represents good improvement, but to be meaningful, more needs to be disclosed as to how this figure was arrived at and what monitoring system is in place.
A profile of a worker with so many problems we hardly know where to begin. Monzurul may not be the luckiest guy, but his situation is not uncommon either.
We did a quick poll in October 2020 to see whether dorm-based workers were back at work and whether they were getting paid. And could they get to ATMs?
Here's a close look at a bank loan a worker took out and the burden of repayments. Someone other than the worker is the main beneficiary of his labours.
Over three jobs in Singapore, Monzurul got richer in his English vocabulary, not so much in the bank.
Shafiqul borrowed 200,000 taka from a bank to finance his recruitment cost. He now owes 250,000.
Three days after TWC2 issued a media statement touching on the incompatibility between cash payment of salaries and quarantine, MOM issued a directive requiring electronic payment. But what new chaos await us as this is hastily implemented?
Many low-wage workers from Bangladesh continue to use an informal remittance system to send money back home despite it being an unregulated system. Why do they choose that?
TWC2 volunteer Stefan dives deep into issues of loans, pawning, interest rates and repayment installments. Compared to the meagre salaries foreign workers in low-skill jobs earn, the numbers are disturbing.