Working illegally, without work pass

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

26 02, 2017

Harri boss finally sent to jail for salary and housing abuses

2019-08-30T16:31:34+08:00February 26th, 2017|Articles, News, News Flash, Our Stand, Stories|

In an encouraging development, the prosecutor in a recent case made the argument that using the threat of dismissal and repatriation to compel foreign workers to accept lower wages would constitute an offence. According to a news story in Today newspaper, Nallusamy Narayanan, the boss of a number of companies under the Harri name, had

21 05, 2016

Illegal employer dumps dying worker in back alley

2019-08-30T16:32:02+08:00May 21st, 2016|News, News Flash|

The Straits Times reported from court that Muhammad Hidayat Abdul Rahman, 41, was sentenced to six months in jail for dumping Myo Min Aung, 28, in a back alley, after the latter fell from a height of 11.7m. Myo and another Burmese national Min Aung Myat Min were working illegally for Hidayat. The accident occurred around midnight

16 05, 2016

Forced repatriation can lead to death, needs to be addressed

2019-08-30T16:32:02+08:00May 16th, 2016|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

Three recent posts here at this site demonstrate that employers continue to try to forcibly repatriate foreign workers, despite workers having unresolved salary claims or untreated injuries. This practice inflicts a great injustice on them. The failure of the authorities to stop it can only lead to speculation about conscious neglect. Mark Lamb has an eye-witness account of

20 03, 2016

$300 fine or prison for dropping a cigarette butt

2019-08-30T16:32:03+08:00March 20th, 2016|Articles, Our Stand, Stories|

Sep 2012 arrived Singapore Aug 2013 injured at work, 3 months MC Feb 2014 caught working illegally Apr 2015 received injury compensation of $4,000+ Feb 2016 issued $300 fine for dropping a cigarette butt A sad chronology of events for Hasibul: He had worked for less than one year when he suffered a workplace injury.

24 11, 2015

A Sri Lankan’s story – the blurry line between exploitation and trafficking

2019-08-30T16:32:22+08:00November 24th, 2015|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Stories|

Transient Workers Count Too sees a relatively small number of Sri Lankans in the course of our work. There are far fewer of them in Singapore compared to Indians and Bangladeshis. Sri Lankans are an approved source for domestic work, construction and marine sectors, but except for women in the former, TWC2 can't recall seeing

16 11, 2015

In a soft voice, a tale of $10,000

2019-08-30T16:32:22+08:00November 16th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

By Jas Talukder Joynal approaches me hesitantly, yet he does not strike me as a man of low self-esteem. Clad in a brightly coloured checkered shirt, with a good trendy fit, he definitely cares about his appearance. His face is one that has not yet been marked with the hardships of life and I am a little

13 06, 2015

Employer fails to pay, worker goes to jail

2019-08-30T16:32:30+08:00June 13th, 2015|Articles, Stories|

By Alexandra Galvez “I don’t want to go to jail. I cannot come back to Singapore to work if I go to jail. I like Singapore and I want to continue working here. I need to provide for my family,” Ali (not his real name) is worried, his countenance darkening with anxiety and desperation. The

15 12, 2014

John Gee in Straits Times: A win-win way to help injured foreign workers

2019-08-30T16:32:55+08:00December 15th, 2014|Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

This is the opinion piece by John Gee of Transient Workers Count Too, published in the Straits Times, 3 December 2014. ---- A win-win way to help injured foreign workers The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is considering outsourcing the inspection of workplaces to counter the illegal employment of foreign workers, a task that currently involves