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The dorms are not the problem

May 1st, 2020|

An essay based on a talk given by Alex Au at a Labour Day webinar organised by Maruah in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic that badly affected migrant workers in Singapore.

Lockdowns and merry-go-rounds

April 30th, 2020|

Medical needs for non-Covid situations risk being neglected. Two stories from two workers stuck in dorms. The hospitals are fine, but seeing a doctor in the dorm or filling a prescription... facepalm!

A self-cultivated Achilles heel

April 28th, 2020|

As Covid-19 infections among migrant workers hit new highs, John Gee takes stock of the bigger picture: What is it about Singapore's migrant labour policy that makes this crisis a self-inflicted one, and where do we go from here?

Covid-19: Tales from the ground, part 1

April 27th, 2020|

Workers tell us of their experiences during the lock-down. Here is a miscellaneous collection of their direct experiences -- about getting fever, the long wait for test results and not getting wifi.

Joyless Joylicious, part 3

April 26th, 2020|

Twenty roommates of a migrant worker were locked inside a room after the worker fell ill with Covid-19. The room was locked from the outside. The employer was unhappy we went public with the problem on Facebook. MOM also said we had not informed them.

Joyless Joylicious, part 2

April 26th, 2020|

Twenty roommates of a migrant worker were locked inside a room after the worker fell ill with Covid-19. The room was locked from the outside. TodayOnline confirms the story in a report the next day but also quotes dorm operator saying it was necessary.

Joyless Joylicious, part 1

April 26th, 2020|

Twenty roommates of a migrant worker were locked inside a room after the worker fell ill with Covid-19. The room was locked from the outside. The story (parts 1 to 3) recounts our efforts to free them from criminal confinement, and the battles we had to fight even after we succeeded.

Raju’s Covid-19 holiday

April 23rd, 2020|

A worker under TWC2's care was diagnosed with Covid-19. What does treatment and recovery for a foreign worker feel like? What unresolved issues remain? We interview him by phone.