12 04, 2019

27% fewer foreign worker claims at ECT in 2018 compared to 2017, why?

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00April 12th, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

On 6 March 2019, Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong asked the Minister of Manpower to supply figures for 2017 and 2018 respectively regarding ... (a) how many salary claims were filed by (i) local employees and (ii) foreign workers at the Employment Claims Tribunal; (b) how many court orders were issued to errant employers

8 04, 2019

Rights don’t mean squat without accessible avenues of redress

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00April 8th, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Stories|

The photo is of an illuminated billboard along Bukit Batok West Avenue 3. It seeks to inform workers of their employment rights, and is sponsored by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) the Central Provident Fund and TAFEP (Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices). The smaller words in the poster say: Get paid for

31 03, 2019

Global Compact for Migration: how far off its standards is Singapore?

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00March 31st, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

The United Nations' Global Compact for Migration (GCM) was adopted by a great majority of UN members on 10 December 2018 at a conference in Marrakech, Morocco. It was endorsed by the General Assembly on 19 December 2018, where 152 countries voted in favour. Five countries voted against -- the Czech Republic, Hungary,

29 07, 2018

89% of salary disputes arise from cash-payment employers, confirms MOM

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 29th, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, News Flash|

In a parliamentary reply to a question by MP Melvin Yong, Manpower minister Josephine Teo said in July 2018 that only 11% of work permit holders lodging salary claims were paid electronically. (Scroll down for full reply). This factoid supports TWC2's urging that electronic payment of salaries should be made mandatory. In our Policy Brief

18 07, 2018

Bangladeshi workers’ perception of Singapore, choice of Singapore as work destination and journey here

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 18th, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

Intern Roy Lim was with TWC2 from late April to early June 2018. Among his tasks were to complete a research project, a smallish one in view of the limited time and that fact that it had to be done single-handedly. The attached paper is his report. In his paper, he found that Bangladeshi workers

11 07, 2018

TWC2 supports disallowing reduction of salary from IPA

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 11th, 2018|News, News Flash, Our Stand|

In the 9 July 2018 parliamentary sitting Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo floated the following idea: MOM is considering the possibility of disallowing downward salary revisions altogether. While this will provide workers with more certainty of their wage for the entire duration of their stay in Singapore, it could also lead to possible early termination

9 07, 2018

MOM accuses us of “inaccurate or false information” — here’s our response

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 9th, 2018|Articles, News, Our Stand, Stories|

This is TWC2's response to a statement by the Ministry of Manpower over "inaccurate or false information" in our recent stories. The statement was dated 6 July 2018 and carried on the government's "Factually" website. From time to time, differences will occur between what TWC2 records workers to be saying in our interviews, and what MOM