Tag Archives: Philippines

Origin of worker: Philippines

The price of a job

TWC2’s latest research takes a detailed look at recruitment costs borne by female domestic workers in Singapore. Based on a survey of 232 workers conducted in early 2016, the study reveals how much they paid, to whom, and how many months’ of salary deductions these payments represented. It also gathered their opinions as to what  Continue Reading »

Foreign domestic workers’ living conditions survey – full results

  Transient Workers Count Too found that 5% of foreign domestic workers had to share their sleeping space with a male teenager or adult. This is against written law, with a possible fine of up to $10,000. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) confirmed this when the ministry responded to a query by the Straits Times.  Continue Reading »

TWC2 celebrates International Domestic Workers’ Day

The ballroom at the Fort Canning Lodge was filled with excitement as 150 domestic workers filed in to take their seats around the fifteen big round dining tables. The workers wasted no time and started to pose for photographs with the decorations and backdrop for the event as pop music blared in the background. This  Continue Reading »

Employer reunites family for the holidays

By Jacintha Gopal Amy (not her real name) hadn’t been home for Christmas for seven years. The mother of two boys, aged 13 and 10 years, is a domestic worker from the Philippines working for an expatriate family living in Singapore. Having lived apart from her husband and children since 2007, Amy told me that  Continue Reading »

Get to the bottom of unfair maid placement fees

This letter by TWC2 immediate past president John Gee was published in the Straits Times on 14 July 2014: —- Get to the bottom of unfair maid placement fees The imposition of considerable placement costs on domestic workers by many employment agencies has, regrettably, been a common practice since 1998 (“Any breach of maids’ fee  Continue Reading »

Sri Lankan and Filipino construction workers coming soon

The Straits Times reported, 22 August 2013, that Singapore is looking to Sri Lanka and the Philippines as regular sources of construction workers. “The first 20 Sri Lankan construction workers who were trained at a Building and Construction Authority (BCA) approved training centre in Colombo will arrive in Singapore next Friday, bringing some relief to  Continue Reading »