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More than dormitory space: A chance for reform

June 20th, 2020|

Improvement in housing should be only one element in a broader reforms, if we are to arrive at a more ethical relationship with migrant labour. Job restrictions, low salaries, etc, must also be addressed.

Under lockdown, domestic workers at risk of abuse

May 28th, 2020|

Domestic workers have been "advised" to stay in employers' residences during their rest days since the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. No end in sight. What about those who have to live with abusive employers?

How many employers are there?

May 4th, 2020|

Here's a figure: There are 66,000 employers of S-Pass and Work Permit holders as at April 2020. And workers with bank accounts now number 521,000, which seems to be 77.5%. Numbers exclude FDWs.

Manpower Ministry’s advisory on circuit breaker still unclear

May 4th, 2020|

In a media statement dated 13 April 2020 (links to short version and long version) we pointed out that an entire section of the Ministry of Manpower's Advisory on salary and leave arrangements during Circuit Breaker was not only unclear, but seemed to bless salary reductions for foreign

Covid-19 cases explode in Qatar

April 28th, 2020|

Covid-19 cases rise dramatically in Qatar in April 2020. Majority said to be from among "expatriates" -- a term that includes low-wage migrant workers packed densely in worker accommodation.