Type of issue: salary & deduction

24 04, 2019

Rubel started work with Feiteng1x without knowing his salary — how did that happen?

2019-08-30T16:30:43+08:00April 24th, 2019|Articles, Stories|

By Liang lei based on an interview in February 2019 When a foreign worker arrives in Singapore, he would have a letter titled In-Principle Approval for a Work Permit (IPA) from Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM), stating his personal details, employer and salary, amongst other details. The IPA letter has proven invaluable in guarding foreign

16 04, 2019

Seven months, thirteen extensions, no progress

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00April 16th, 2019|Articles, Stories|

By Avijit B, based on an interview in March 2019 Gafur has had a turbulent time since the day he arrived in Singapore. In the space of seven months, he went from the hope of steady work abroad to the frustration of being stuck without work and pay. Borrowing money from relatives to pay for

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

1 04, 2019

MOM claims great effectiveness in a case when the facts point otherwise

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00April 1st, 2019|Articles, Stories|

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) responded to our 20 Feb 2019 article 'Rahman and employer agree to settle salary claim... then nothing happens' with a statement on their website. That statement amplifies their ability to help, and implicitly accuses the worker of not seeking help when help was (said to be) available. The worker's misery

24 03, 2019

Forced repatriation still happens — Bala’s story

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00March 24th, 2019|Articles, Stories|

On this website, we used to carry a number of stories from workers who were lucky enough to escape forced repatriation. But that was several years ago. In the last 3 or 4 years, TWC2 received far fewer such cases. This reduction in cases could mean that attempts at forced repatriation declined, thus resulting

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

27 02, 2019

Average ECT order on employers to pay salaries in 2017 estimated to be around $3,500

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00February 27th, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

At a Parliamentary sitting on 12 February 2019, Nominated member of Parliament Anthea Ong asked the Minister for Manpower this question: What was the value of unpaid salaries in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively, according to the orders made by the Employment Claims Tribunal on employers to pay owed salaries. Mrs Josephine Teo, Manpower