This report outlines the types of problems faced by low-wage migrant workers in Singapore working in the construction, shipyard, shipbuilding, cleaning and food services industries, in seeking redress when they are injured or mistreated. The report describes the difficulty workers have in supporting themselves while awaiting the resolution of a claim, lack of means to hire lawyers to pursue valid claims under Singapore law, and the threat of being illegally expelled from the country by employers and repatriation companies.
The empirical material presented is based on records of approximately 2,500 workers’ cases handled by Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) between January 2006 and March 2010. In addition, thirty workers were interviewed and 104 workers were surveyed. The interviewees were from China, Bangladesh and India.