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

15 05, 2018

MOM says Singapore’s workplace injury reporting criteria are “aligned to international practices”

2019-08-30T16:31:04+08:00May 15th, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, News Flash, Our Stand|

Member of Parliament Louis Ng put in an oral question for oral answer on 19 February 2018, on the topic of injury reporting. Sam Tan, the Minister of State for Manpower replied on behalf of the minister. Nominated Member of Parliament K Thanaletchimi also contributed a supplementary question during the debate. See too TWC2's comment

28 04, 2018

Singapore needs to relook foreign labour, says Finance Minister

2019-08-30T16:31:05+08:00April 28th, 2018|News, News Flash|

The inflow of foreign workers must remain "well-calibrated" to encourage firms to continue improving productivity, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. This was reported in Today newspaper on 18 April 2018.  "We need to maintain that calibration in order to send a very strong signal that productivity improvement is going to be key, and investing

16 03, 2018

TWC2 submits proposals for improving Singapore’s Employment Act

2019-08-30T16:31:06+08:00March 16th, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

The Singapore government invited submissions for proposed amendments to the Employment Act. TWC2 made a proposal centred on five areas which will benefit the most number of workers.  As our submission makes clear, TWC2’s proposed amendments are envisioned to support all employees in Singapore. Even if some of our ideas are of particular importance to