Type of work pass: S-Pass

25 01, 2018

The man in the ministry’s locked drawer

2019-08-30T16:31:07+08:00January 25th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Alex, based on an interview in November 2017 "Why are you still in Singapore?" I ask Sarkar Debabrata. He is showing me a Special Pass dated 19 January 2017 -- ten months old -- which allows him to remain in Singapore until his case at the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is concluded. Yet, in his

5 06, 2017

Anatomy of an S-Pass scam

2019-08-30T16:31:33+08:00June 5th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

By Darren Oei Rama, a forty-ish Indian national, comes up to TWC2 volunteer Alex, giving him an update to his case. Alex nods and says "Good, that's good," though I can't make sense of what Rama is saying. Then for some reason, Rama turns to me and continues telling me his good news, but he

28 12, 2014

Genius Engineering, part 3: nearly 100 skilled electricians lost

2019-08-30T16:32:54+08:00December 28th, 2014|Articles, News, Our Stand, Stories|

Four months after employees of Genius Engineering and related companies lodged salary complaints with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Mouazzam Hossin (pictured above) is still in Singapore, struggling to get something out of what he is owed. Mouazzam is among the last of the workers still here. Nearly all the rest -- there were altogether

25 11, 2014

Blue Diamond director gets the blues: why can’t service sector staff come from India?

2019-08-30T16:32:57+08:00November 25th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

Singapore brings in hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from India and Bangladesh for the construction and marine industries. We also have large numbers of technical and professional immigrants from the Indian subcontinent. They need to eat. They prefer to eat at restaurants that serve their kind of food. To keep their customers happy, restaurant

29 09, 2014

980,000 work permit holders as at June 2014

2019-08-30T16:33:01+08:00September 29th, 2014|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

New data released by the Ministry of Manpower (source) show increases across all categories of foreign work passes during the first six months of 2014. The data period has also changed; where MOM used to report workforce numbers as at December each year, this time MOM reported for the mid-year point. This is consistent with

30 10, 2012

Lured by promises, worker hands over $5,000 to employer

2019-08-30T16:35:22+08:00October 30th, 2012|Articles, Stories|

By Spiegel Saddled with debt and stripped of his livelihood, Rahim (not his real name) feels his life hanging in the balance. A wage dispute last month prompted Rahim’s Singaporean employer to revoke his work permit without warning, casting the 28-year-old Bangladeshi out in the cold. It’s a bitter blow for the sole breadwinner to