Type of issue: repatriation agents

20 03, 2019

How two bosses reacted to their workers filing salary claims

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00March 20th, 2019|Articles, Stories|

The same evening that volunteer Liang Lei was doing interviews for his story Why do injured workers flee company housing and do they feel safe enough to return?, two other workers came to TWC2 with housing-related woes. But their stories also shine a light on the way employers try to bully workers into submission. Borhan

21 07, 2017

Blackmail attempt at airport

2019-08-30T16:31:32+08:00July 21st, 2017|Articles, Stories|

Here's an account of an incident at Changi airport as a TWC2 volunteer accompanied Nagelli Mahendar Reddy to see him off. By Silvester Goh Last night, 29 June 2017, I accompanied injured worker Nagelli Mahender Reddy to Terminal 2 to catch his flight home to India. Flight TZ502 to Chennai was scheduled to depart at 10:45pm. Check-in

18 12, 2016

Held in windowless room, Shahjahan faced forced repatriation. TWC2 rescues him

2019-08-30T16:31:36+08:00December 18th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

800 By Kimberley Ng Kept in a windowless room with three company representatives patrolling outside and the imminent threat of forced deportation looming over his head, Molla Shahjahan called TWC2 for help. At 11 on the morning of 7 June 2016, Shahjahan had just been discharged after three nights’ stay at Alexandra Hospital following a debilitating

29 04, 2016

Kamal climbs out of window, 12 floors up, to get help

2019-08-30T16:32:02+08:00April 29th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

Kamal gingerly opened a window, hoping it wouldn't make a noise. Heart pounding, he stepped out, trying not to look down. He was twelve floors up Block 601 Jurong West. With certain death should he miss a step, he made his way to the ground, never before so careful in his life. Hailing a taxi,

4 09, 2015

Surviving on borrowed money and three shirts

2019-08-30T16:32:25+08:00September 4th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

By Daniel Ling “Driver put all my baju (clothes) in bag, tell me, ‘Boss say, tomorrow go Bangladesh for two month. [If] you no go, boss work permit cutting’”. Hossen Murad, 26, was still recovering from a serious workplace injury. Amid mounting medical bills here, his employer had sought to pressure him into returning to

2 04, 2014

Why the right to seek another job is important

2019-08-30T16:33:33+08:00April 2nd, 2014|News, Our Stand|

A key plank in Transient Workers Count Too's advocacy is that of untying a work permit holder from his employer, and allowing him (or her) job mobility. Naturally, even as he seeks alternative employment, only employers who have the requisite work permit quota will be able to employ him. We recognise that the quota (known