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On top of injury, Muktar struggles to get a place to sleep

By Adib Rafique based on an interview in March 2019 Working in Singapore is nothing new to Md Muktar. He worked here for more than seven years from 2007 to 2014 at a shipyard. He had two more short stints working in Singapore between 2015 to 2017 before he came back again in September 2018  Continue Reading »

The Cuff Road Project in 2018

TWC2’s Cuff Road Project (TCRP) serves the immediate needs of South Asian male migrant workers. Specifically, these are workers who are awaiting resolution of claims, complaints or investigations they’ve lodged with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and have no access to paid work from their employers due to injury or salary problems or other disputes  Continue Reading »

Why we didn’t help one worker

While we try to help every foreign worker who comes to TWC2 with a problem, our volunteers are realistic enough to know that some workers are not blameless. In such a situation, we modulate the help that we extend. About a month ago, a guy — let’s call him Sham (not his real name) —  Continue Reading »

Why do injured workers flee company housing and do they feel safe enough to return?

By Liang Lei, based on interviews conducted in Feb 2019 Home – a personal space. A fleeting sliver of timeless refuge after a long day of work. A safe haven. Does this hold true for foreign workers who have suffered work-related injuries? According to Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM), employers are obliged to guarantee proper  Continue Reading »

Fewer immigration offenders arrested in 2018

  There were 8.9% fewer immigration offenders arrested in 2018 compared with 2017.  However, there was a 13% increase in arrested of harbourers and employers of immigration offenders. These numbers were reported by the Straits Times on 28 Feb 2018, and they remained small. The numbers were: Singapore’s Immigration Act Section 15 specifies strict penalties  Continue Reading »

“Money finish,” and “everything selling” while waiting for a new job opportunity

Most foreign workers in the construction industry are in their twenties. Volunteer Jeremy Xiao met a older man in January 2019, who spoke to him about the weight of his family responsibility and the struggle to land a job. Yet, some experiences are all the same whether for younger workers or older ones — salary  Continue Reading »

Work permit renewal: mysteriously elusive documentation

By intern Ada Cheong The past few weeks have frustrated me in my search for an elusive piece of paper in Singapore. Nobody seems to have a physical copy of it. And much like a mythical creature, it evades photography. Does it even exist? If seeing is believing, I must admit: I have not seen  Continue Reading »

TWC2 comments on proposed amendments to WICA

In January 2019, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) sought public feedback on some proposed amendments to the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA). As TWC2 sees over a thousand cases a year of work injury among foreign workers, this matter is germane to our work. MOM’s proposals centre chiefly around these themes: 1. Medical leave wages  Continue Reading »

Rahman and employer agree to settle salary claim… then nothing happens

By Grace Chua, based on an interview in August 2018 It has been three months since Rahman Mostafizur filed a salary claim with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Having started work in March 2017, he was dismayed to note that his salary was unilaterally reduced throughout the fourteen months of employment. Before joining Kah Development  Continue Reading »

Are foreign workers abusing WIC claims?

By Debbie Fordyce The first graph (below) suggests that a disproportionate number of Indian and Bangladeshi migrant workers lodge injury claims within the first six months of starting a job. Moreover, TWC2’s observation is that many of these injuries are minor and result in little compensation or will heal completely, thus meriting no disability compensation  Continue Reading »