TWC2’s work and migrant worker issues as covered by the media

27 05, 2019

More of here, less of there: Increase in repeat workers and fat profits for the underground job broker in Singapore

2019-08-30T16:30:43+08:00May 27th, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

In this research study, TWC2 found that about 80% of South Asian workers were "repeat workers", a huge change from a few years ago. We also found that about half of them used a Singapore-based job broker to find a job. Typically, these are foreign workers themselves, not licensed employment agents. It's illicit but profitable.

8 12, 2018

Some days the skies are clear and problems float away

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00December 8th, 2018|Articles, Happenings, Media Coverage, News, Stories|

"Migrant workers volunteer to clean Pasir Ris beach on Saturday" said the headline in the Straits Times, 17 October 2018. Indeed, that's what a large group of TWC2 clients did, led by Irene Ong and Marcel Bandur, joint leaders of our Discover Singapore team. This team organises activities for the workers under our care every

22 06, 2018

“Justice for foreign workers benefits Singaporean workers too,” says TWC2 President

2019-08-30T16:31:04+08:00June 22nd, 2018|Media Coverage, News, News Flash|

In a commentary piece carried on Channel NewsAsia on 21 June 2018, Assistant Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress Patrick Tay wrote of the significance of a recent High Court judgement in favour of Bangladeshi worker Hasan Shofiqul -- which had been earlier been reported prominently by the Straits Times (header pic). Patrick Tay

8 06, 2018

48 Nihal workers left high and dry, and MOM’s ‘softly, softly’ role

2019-08-30T16:31:04+08:00June 8th, 2018|Articles, Media Coverage, News, Stories|

None of the workers has gotten any real satisfaction. Nada. Worse yet, it was hardly an unusual case; it's becoming all too common for migrant workers to be left high and dry after their employers fail to pay the agreed salaries and the Ministry of Manpower's dispute resolution system either grinds too slowly, or grinds

28 02, 2018

Employer sent to jail, worker’s compensation still unpaid. Is this good enough?

2019-08-30T16:31:07+08:00February 28th, 2018|Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

Suriakumar Ridgeway Ramaiah, will be serving jailtime for failing to pay injury compensation to a worker. Strictly speaking, the sole proprietor of Ridgeway Marine and Construction, was fined $21,000 on 16 November 2016 for failing to buy work injury insurance for his workers, and for not paying compensation when so ordered, but having defaulted on these, he was

7 11, 2017

Domestic workers shell out money to dress up for pageants

2019-08-30T16:31:09+08:00November 7th, 2017|Media Coverage, News|

The Sunday edition of the Straits Times, 29 October 2017, featured beauty contests that attract domestic workers on their days off. It said that there are such pageants almost every week, run by about 20 private organisers. Each contest may have about 40 participants. But taking part in the contest came at a price. Jessica, 33, a