Tag Archives: MC & light duty

Type of issue: medical leave and light duty

Muthamilselvan thought he’d be taken to hospital. Fat chance.

By Vivek R It was a rainy day in Jurong Shipyard on Chinese New Year’s eve 2016. The worksite was particularly slippery as rain water coalesced with sand to turn the working grounds into slurry.  But with the company falling behind on contract schedule, the work must go on. The day looked ominous but Muthamilselvan  Continue Reading »

The name of the devil is process: how regulatory process creates and sustains the disempowerment and injustices faced by migrant labour

For a few years now, Transient Workers Count Too has been asked to give a talk to journalists gathered at the annual Asia Journalism Fellowship. The following videos are adapted from the talk that Alex Au gave on 8 September 2016.  There were about 20 journalists in TWC2’s Dayspace, from various Asian countries, Pakistan to  Continue Reading »

Two years after accident, Lutfor Rahman still waiting for case conclusion

  ——- By Kan Ren Jie I ask Lutfor Rahman how he is, and I am struck by his frank answer: ‘I now very bad.  Now no job, makan got problem.’ While Rahman initially appears cheerful when I sit down and talk with him at TWC2’s free meals programme, laughing at some of our jokes  Continue Reading »

Worker says his employer wanted him to tell doctor, ‘I OK already’

By Saw Suhui Rana Masud met with an accident on the 19 May 2015. His left thumb was cut off and the hospital was not able to reattach it. They tried the first time, but in Rana’s words, it was “many problem, sensitive”, and was amputated on 15 February this year. “Thumb now no good  Continue Reading »

26 stitches in his hand, 2 days medical leave

By Richard S Getting off at Farrer Park station, I pass railing after railing of discount clothes, sunglasses, and mobile phone accessories. This is an area catering to the migrant workers of southern India and Bangladesh. The food here is authentic, delicious, and served with staggeringly large portions of rice. TWC2 is operating from the  Continue Reading »

Injured worker told he must show up at work, but “just standing only”

By Saw Suhui When I first spot Rahabul, he is standing at a corner of a coffee shop, using a flimsy piece of tissue paper to cover the wound on his hand as his friend helps to translate his account of his unfortunate incident to a fellow volunteer. “Pain,” he says of his wound. Rahabul,  Continue Reading »

Even MOM thinks a broken arm deserves sick leave

By William Chin You might think that a broken arm with 2 pins inserted would warrant a medical certificate (MC). Not so if you are treated by a certain Dr Tan — TWC2 has her full name. Monir Shafi suffered a bad fall on 28 July 2015, which required treatment for his arm and back.  Continue Reading »

Operation and crutches without MC, MOM’s accident reporting system crippled

By Keith Wong At right is a picture of Pennada Balarama Murthy taken six weeks after the accident that injured his right ankle. He still cannot put weight on that foot. Any reasonable person would say he should be on medical leave. Even prescribing light duty would not be appropriate since he can’t climb onto  Continue Reading »

Accident went unreported for 13 months, worker may not get compensation

Ramasamy Ayyasamy’s left hand is now virtually useless for work. Three fingers are stiff and there is still a metal splinter inside his ring finger. It’s not clear how he is going to continue earning an adequate income to feed his family. Yet, he is at risk of not receiving any compensation for the disability. His  Continue Reading »

Ankle broken, Nagarajan’s future bleak as a hired farm-hand

By Ranjana Raghunathan Adaikkalam Nagarajan, 32, was given a “special shoe” to wear for a month. “No other treatment! I was in pain for a month, even with painkillers. I was given light-duty for a month, no medical leave.” TWC2 has noted that many doctors don’t issue full medical leave certificates, but only light duty  Continue Reading »