Type of issue: premature termination and resignation

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

16 02, 2019

Are foreign workers abusing WIC claims?

2019-08-30T16:30:45+08:00February 16th, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis|

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

7 03, 2018

Crash! Bang! Boss hears windfall from the heavens

2019-08-30T16:31:07+08:00March 7th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

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,

6 06, 2016

How dare you ask about injury compensation!

2019-08-30T16:32:02+08:00June 6th, 2016|Articles, Stories|

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, he

14 01, 2015

Deeply in debt, Musfiqur stays cheerful

2019-08-30T16:32:54+08:00January 14th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

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

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

31 01, 2014

TWC2’s recommendations for State budget 2014

2019-08-30T16:33:37+08:00January 31st, 2014|News, Our Stand|

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

17 01, 2014

Three cases filtered out

2019-08-30T16:33:38+08:00January 17th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

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