Interesting updates related to migrant worker issues

5 08, 2019

14,000 foreign spouses in Singapore work

2019-08-30T16:30:43+08:00August 5th, 2019|News, News Flash|

At a Parliamentary sitting on 15 January 2019, Nominated Members of Parliament Anthea Ong and Mohamed Irshad asked the Minister for Social and Family Development questions regarding foreign spouses of citizens and permanent residents. The Minister of State for Social and Family Development, Sam Tan, answered for the minister. In the latter part of the

12 11, 2018

Letters in Straits Times forum re light duties

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00November 12th, 2018|News, News Flash|

Following a story in the Straits Times (see earlier article) about a circular jointly issued by the Ministries of Health (MOH) and Manpower (MOM) reminding doctors about their ethical responsibility to issue appropriate medical leave, a hand surgeon affiliated with Gleneagles Hospital wrote to the newspaper's forum with his point of view. Dr Andrew Yam

12 11, 2018

Ministries of Health and Manpower issue circular re medical leave. Again.

2019-09-09T11:11:43+08:00November 12th, 2018|News, News Flash|

On 17 September 2018, the Ministries of Health and Manpower jointly issued a circular to doctors reminding them to abide by guidelines laid out by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) with reference to medical leave. The relevant guidelines cited were the 2016 Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (ECEG): Guideline B4(4) - Medical Certificates. The full circular

29 07, 2018

89% of salary disputes arise from cash-payment employers, confirms MOM

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 29th, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, News Flash|

In a parliamentary reply to a question by MP Melvin Yong, Manpower minister Josephine Teo said in July 2018 that only 11% of work permit holders lodging salary claims were paid electronically. (Scroll down for full reply). This factoid supports TWC2's urging that electronic payment of salaries should be made mandatory. In our Policy Brief

11 07, 2018

TWC2 supports disallowing reduction of salary from IPA

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 11th, 2018|News, News Flash, Our Stand|

In the 9 July 2018 parliamentary sitting Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo floated the following idea: MOM is considering the possibility of disallowing downward salary revisions altogether. While this will provide workers with more certainty of their wage for the entire duration of their stay in Singapore, it could also lead to possible early termination

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