Tag Archives: Marine

Industry sector: marine

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

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  Continue Reading »

Shipyard work is not for dreams

By Joanna Korycinska $6,500 is the amount Hossain Jakir (above, right) paid upfront to secure a job in Singapore. It took him two and a half years to recover this ‘investment’ before he started earning anything he could send home. With the median wage in Singapore this year at $3,770, it is very difficult for  Continue Reading »

In one of the richest cities of the world, the wages of toil

By Joanna Korycinska $6,500 is the amount Hossain Jahir paid upfront to secure a job in Singapore. It took him two and a half years to earn this amount back. Only then did his family begin to benefit from his working here. When he started on this job in March 2012, his pay was $16  Continue Reading »

Marine workers earn less than working at McDonald’s

By William Chin I was told that working in the marine industry is a lucrative segment, which pays higher than an average job. Economics 101 teaches that jobs that are dangerous would pay more than an average job to draw applicants. That is until one evening, when I meet the trio of Uddin Mohin, Md  Continue Reading »

In a foreign country, information from social networks figure strongly

By Danielle Hong This evening, Khan Masud, amiable and floppy-haired, is a first-timer at Transient Workers Count Too’s free meal program, known as the Cuff Road Project. He heard about the soup kitchen from an acquaintance living around Rowell Road in Little India and decided to come by. Sure enough, he got a free meal,  Continue Reading »

Half of construction workers deployed outside their skill areas

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  Continue Reading »

Kowtham leaves Singapore poorer than when he arrived

Vallathan Kowthaman is going home end January 2014. He has no reason to smile as broadly as he does in the photo above, being about $6,000 poorer than when we arrived for his second job in March 2013. But he gives us a big smile because TWC2 has been his lifeline since he was injured,  Continue Reading »

Alam’s disappearing accident

By Benjamin Wong The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website states that for a worker to claim under the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA), “the employee only needs to prove that he was injured in a work accident …” (emphasis added by TWC2). In reality, many workers have difficulty even meeting this supposedly simple condition, because  Continue Reading »