Ferdous feels overwhelmed by problems: injury, unpaid salary, unrecovered recruitment fees, borrowing money to pay for treatment, delays due to Covid-19....
Singapore's hotel industry is highly reliant on foreign workers too, though they're less visible than construction workers. Barathi gives us a little insight before he goes home.
In Singapore, we rush to digitise many things, but forget that in the process, groups of already-disadvantaged people get left further behind.
How did Shahabuddin end up with a lawyer over his injury case when parties are not in dispute? A simple question leads to a bigger exploration.
Right before our noses, illegal job agents operate with impunity in Singapore itself, raking in loads of money. Employers offering jobs through these recruiters don't smell too clean either.
Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, Kader was almost continuously on the phone. Here's a glimpse of a migrant worker's use of technology.
Over three jobs in Singapore, Monzurul got richer in his English vocabulary, not so much in the bank.
Faiz was injured in an accident, then engaged a lawyer. We ask him who introduced him to a lawyer and why he needed to engage one.
To fund the required recruitment fee for his job, Habibur took a loan from Brac Bank. Even from the beginning, the repayment demands looked tight. Then the unexpected happened.
Nahid's first job turned out relatively well, but he hadn't gone home to see his family in five years. So he resigned and, soon after, had to look for another job.