Discussion: society & socialisation of migrant labour

4 10, 2018

Black and white: How do workers know the importance of the IPA?

2019-08-30T16:30:47+08:00October 4th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Nicholas Lee, based on interviews in July 2018 Today’s article takes a little step back to explore how variances in culture and social experience affect the way foreign workers understand and handle paper documentation, processes and rules in Singapore. As locals know all too well, Singapore is famous for its strict adherence to “Black

15 09, 2018

For men from a poor country, choice is a mirage

2019-08-30T16:30:47+08:00September 15th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

In June 2018, TWC2 volunteer Alston Ng went around asking Bangladeshi workers, "Why did you choose to come to Singapore to work?" The words “neoliberal capitalism” are rarely heard in Singapore, but its message has nonetheless found a faithful following among Singaporeans. Markets are best optimised when left to run by itself, because the exercise

25 07, 2018

False hope, hesitant trust and bureaucratic complexities

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 25th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Liang Lei, based on an interview in May 2018 Received unexpectedly dismal scores for an assessment? Appeal. Although this “survival tactic” for examinations seems to transcend cultures, the consequences can vary drastically from one situation to another. In the case of a foreign worker’s Permanent Incapacity Compensation score, a hasty decision to appeal may

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

13 01, 2018

Paying over $3,000 in recruitment cost for a $477-per-month job? That’s the way it is

2019-08-30T16:31:08+08:00January 13th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Aaron Chua, based on an interview in November 2017 "Hello," says Bhimol* to TWC2 volunteer Alex Au, just as Alex is arriving at The Cuff Road Project's meal station. "I come back," adds Bhimol. "Huh? Come back from where?" asks Alex. "[Last] Friday, I come back. New job." "Ah," says Alex, but before he

9 01, 2018

No hook for safety harness. Go up anyway, orders supervisor

2019-08-30T16:31:08+08:00January 9th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Jiang Zhi Feng, based on an interview in November 2017 “Fall down how?” a concerned Miah asked his company’s supervisor about precariousness of mending a pipe two metres above ground without a safety hook. His supervisor replied, “Nothing one. No problem. Can do,” directing him to carry out orders. On 22 September 2017, Miah

19 11, 2017

Bridging the academic-NGO divide: Making research relevant to migrant workers and their front line supporters.

2019-08-30T16:31:09+08:00November 19th, 2017|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Happenings, News, Our Stand|

Bick Harriagn (extreme right) moderating a panel discussion at another event This is a speech given by Nicholas Harrigan, a member of TWC2's research subcommittee, at the 'Health of Migrants and Refugees Workshop' in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10 November 2017. This workshop was hosted by United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health. Attendees

7 11, 2017

Domestic workers shell out money to dress up for pageants

2019-08-30T16:31:09+08:00November 7th, 2017|Media Coverage, News|

The Sunday edition of the Straits Times, 29 October 2017, featured beauty contests that attract domestic workers on their days off. It said that there are such pageants almost every week, run by about 20 private organisers. Each contest may have about 40 participants. But taking part in the contest came at a price. Jessica, 33, a