11 05, 2018

From too much noise to an uneasy silence

2019-08-30T16:31:05+08:00May 11th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Sun Hanchen, based on an interview in January 2018 I wrote about Rajan (not his real name) in an earlier story "Worker asks for reimbursement of medical bills, sets off chain of events".   In this story, I will recount his work history, to give readers a glimpse into a foreign worker's experience in Singapore through

14 03, 2018

Eager to go home after 15 jobless months

2019-08-30T16:31:06+08:00March 14th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Aaron Chua, based on an interview in December 2017 Just look at this!”, Alex exclaims, holding up one of the meal cards that are issued by TWC2 to workers in need. The surprise: The date of injury — 20 September 2016. It has been 15 months since. The card belongs to Hossain Muhammad Arif,

13 01, 2018

Paying over $3,000 in recruitment cost for a $477-per-month job? That’s the way it is

2019-08-30T16:31:08+08:00January 13th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Aaron Chua, based on an interview in November 2017 "Hello," says Bhimol* to TWC2 volunteer Alex Au, just as Alex is arriving at The Cuff Road Project's meal station. "I come back," adds Bhimol. "Huh? Come back from where?" asks Alex. "[Last] Friday, I come back. New job." "Ah," says Alex, but before he

9 01, 2018

No hook for safety harness. Go up anyway, orders supervisor

2019-08-30T16:31:08+08:00January 9th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Jiang Zhi Feng, based on an interview in November 2017 “Fall down how?” a concerned Miah asked his company’s supervisor about precariousness of mending a pipe two metres above ground without a safety hook. His supervisor replied, “Nothing one. No problem. Can do,” directing him to carry out orders. On 22 September 2017, Miah

8 12, 2017

Greedy, unlicenced job brokers: one down, many more to go

2019-08-30T16:31:08+08:00December 8th, 2017|Articles, News, News Flash, Stories|

TWC2 volunteer discussing the news story with Bangladeshi workers at the Cuff Road Project In a promising development, the Ministry of Manpower has successfully prosecuted a Bangladeshi worker who acted as a job broker and who had pocketed some $30,900 in illicit profit. Roy Tapon Kumar pleaded guilty and was fined $30,000. This