Discussion: economics of labour migration

7 05, 2018

The cook and the consumer

2019-08-30T16:31:05+08:00May 7th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Aaron Chua, based on interviews conducted in March 2018 At Transient Workers Count Too, we are mostly dealing with cases of salary and injury problems, but what do the day-to-day affairs of an average migrant worker look like? We got a glimpse of how their meals were managed when we recently interviewed a couple

10 04, 2018

A review of overtime pay and related issues

2019-08-30T16:31:05+08:00April 10th, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

Most interns are required to do some research during their period with Transient Workers Count Too. Coupled with their exposure to casework, this is to enable them to gain an in-depth understanding of at least one facet of the many issues migrant workers are faced with. Undergraduate Wang Shimeng interned with us in December 2017

6 04, 2018

Hossain Sabuj tells us who got rich from his working in Singapore

2019-08-30T16:31:06+08:00April 6th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Tristan Powell-Odden, based on an interview in January 2018 Hossain Sabuj, like many other migrant workers, had a dream: To open a clothing store that re-sold American brands in Bangladesh, his home country. To raise the needed capital, he would work for a few years overseas. However, because of the exorbitant amounts of money

23 03, 2018

Two injured workers provide detailed accounts of a law firm’s practices

2019-08-30T16:31:06+08:00March 23rd, 2018|Articles, Stories|

This is a long record (approximately 2,800 words) of what two foreign workers told TWC2 about their experiences with the same law firm. They had engaged the law firm following worksite accidents, but were soon unhappy with the relationship. Both workers either experienced or heard that representatives of the law firm made unsolicited and unwelcome contact

14 03, 2018

Eager to go home after 15 jobless months

2019-08-30T16:31:06+08:00March 14th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Aaron Chua, based on an interview in December 2017 Just look at this!”, Alex exclaims, holding up one of the meal cards that are issued by TWC2 to workers in need. The surprise: The date of injury — 20 September 2016. It has been 15 months since. The card belongs to Hossain Muhammad Arif,

25 02, 2018

A look back at job mobility policies 2011 – 2017

2019-08-30T16:31:07+08:00February 25th, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

There has been a gradual liberalisation over the last few years allowing construction workers to transfer to new jobs. This paper takes stock of evolving government policy in this area. Transient Workers Count Too has argued for a long time that retaining workers with experience in Singapore will be good for our much-hoped-for improvement in productivity.