Tag Archives: Termination & resignation

Type of issue: premature termination and resignation

Forced repatriation still happens — Bala’s story

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 in  Continue Reading »

Are foreign workers abusing WIC claims?

By Debbie Fordyce The first graph (below) suggests that a disproportionate number of Indian and Bangladeshi migrant workers lodge injury claims within the first six months of starting a job. Moreover, TWC2’s observation is that many of these injuries are minor and result in little compensation or will heal completely, thus meriting no disability compensation  Continue Reading »

Crash! Bang! Boss hears windfall from the heavens

Martin* was on his second day at his new job. He was employed as a construction worker, but he had let his boss know that he held a Singapore driving licence. His boss asked him to drive a lorry. Martin hit another car; the lorry suffered scratches. Thankfully, no one was injured. Some days later,  Continue Reading »

How dare you ask about injury compensation!

  By Gek Han In sixteen years of working in Singapore, Islam Aminur has been diligent and careful, working without an accident. But luck turned against him in December 2015. A heavy, 20kg block of metal fell on his thumb, necessitating surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH). Aminur was given 25 days medical leave (“MC”). Following procedure,  Continue Reading »

Worker wants to see his ill mother, boss says he doesn’t care if worker dies too

By Keith Wong Some workers need to hold on to their jobs to support their families, but lose them anyway through no fault of their own. Sikder Gopal needs to quit his job, to go home to be with his extremely ill mother, yet is stymied every step of the way. Oh, the irony! It  Continue Reading »

Deeply in debt, Musfiqur stays cheerful

By Ashley Frois We’re barely under the eaves. Rain, like troubles, pours down mere inches from our seats. Everything is damp. Two seats away and drier, a fellow volunteer is interviewing another construction worker, Rahman Sadequr. That worker is speaking morosely of his money problems. My interviewee, Musfiqur (pictured above), is strangely upbeat. He too  Continue Reading »

Why foreign workers are reluctant to raise pay issues

A letter by Debbie Fordyce of TWC2 was published in the print section of the Straits Times 17 July 2014.  It was a follow-on to a letter by Migrant Workers’ Centre, which in turn was a response to an article by Radha Basu in the Sunday Times of 6 July. — Why foreign workers are  Continue Reading »

Why the right to seek another job is important

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  Continue Reading »

TWC2’s recommendations for State budget 2014

Transient Workers Count Too submitted a 23-page set of proposals to government feedback portal REACH  in advance of the 2014 budget debate in Parliament. Among the many recommendations are these key ones: A. Permit job mobility among work permit holders This is key starting point for the oft-stated desire to improve productivity in Singapore. The  Continue Reading »

Three cases filtered out

Whenever we have a new story about a worker, we tend to put a link to it on TWC2’s  Facebook wall. Most of our stories tell about workers’ experience with salary defaults or the frustrations that follow a workplace injury. Once in a while, we see a comment by a reader on our Facebook wall  Continue Reading »