Industry sector: marine

9 11, 2016

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

2019-08-30T16:31:58+08:00November 9th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

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

28 08, 2015

Shipyard work is not for dreams

2019-08-30T16:32:25+08:00August 28th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

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

13 04, 2014

Half of construction workers deployed outside their skill areas

2019-08-30T16:33:33+08:00April 13th, 2014|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

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

21 02, 2014

Kowtham leaves Singapore poorer than when he arrived

2019-08-30T16:33:36+08:00February 21st, 2014|Articles, Stories|

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,

18 02, 2014

Alam’s disappearing accident

2019-08-30T16:33:36+08:00February 18th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

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