Type of issue: contract problems

4 10, 2014

No salary, no day off for 20 months, part 2

2019-08-30T16:33:01+08:00October 4th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

By Nissa Mai Continued from Part 1. I have a lot of other questions for Surya [1]. How did such an empowered, decisive young woman get trapped in a clearly illegal and exploitative situation for such long time? Wasn't her contract for only two years? And if she didn't receive her salary, why didn't she

27 03, 2014

How ‘law’ fails migrant workers

2019-08-30T16:33:34+08:00March 27th, 2014|Articles, Happenings, News, Our Stand|

At the Migrant Awareness Week organised by students in the law school of National University of Singapore, 3 - 7 March 2014, a whole host of activities were on the calendar. For the forum of 3 March, TWC2 vice-president Alex Au (pictured above with HOME's Celine Dermine on his left) gave a presentation. Below is

18 03, 2014

Who prospers in this salary saga?

2019-08-30T16:33:35+08:00March 18th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

Our recent article about workers from Woolim Plant Engineering & Construction Company explained how the Bangladeshi employees were underpaid for over a year before deciding to raise the issue, and how Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) assisted them in calculating their salaries and lodging a complaint with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). This is far

9 03, 2014

High Court overrules MOM Labour Court on overtime pay

2019-08-30T16:33:35+08:00March 9th, 2014|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, News Flash|

In a noteworthy decision, the High Court ruled that the Ministry of Manpower's Assistant Commissioner for Labour misapprehended the law, applying it wrongly. The latter (also known informally as the Labour Court) had ruled in favour of the employer VGP Corp Ltd. But the High Court, in a written decision released on 31 December 2013,

24 12, 2013

“We allow legal exploitation,” says TWC2 president at forum

2019-08-30T16:34:12+08:00December 24th, 2013|Articles, Happenings, News, Our Stand|

The panel comprised (L-R) Braema Mathi (Maruah), Russell Heng (TWC2), Siew Kum Hong (Maruah/moderator), Jolovan Wham (Workfair) and Vincent Law (Healthserve) TWC2 president Russell Heng spoke for the organisation at a public forum 'Foreign workers, justice and fairness', organised by human rights group Maruah on 23 December 2013. To the 100-strong audience, in

15 12, 2013

Talk at European Union Human Rights Day seminar

2019-08-30T16:34:12+08:00December 15th, 2013|Articles, Happenings, News, Our Stand|

Below is the short talk TWC2 vice-president Alex Au (above, 2nd from left) gave at the Human Rights Day seminar organised by the Delegation of the European Union delegation to Singapore, 10 December 2013. The theme of the seminar was 'Contemporary perspectives on economic & social rights'. --- In the matter of employment, we would

1 11, 2013

Proposals submitted for “second phase” employment legislation review

2019-08-30T16:34:16+08:00November 1st, 2013|News, Our Stand|

In response to the Ministry of Manpower's call for public feedback on the "second phase" of proposed changes to the Employment Act (EA) and the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA), Transient Workers Count Too submitted a 39-page document on 30 October 2013 arguing for a long list of needed improvements. Some proposals urge amendments