Type of issue: illegal deployment

23 11, 2017

Employer of ‘release’ workers sentenced to jail with caning

2019-08-30T16:31:09+08:00November 23rd, 2017|News, News Flash|

For the first time, a company director will be caned for offences under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. Goh Eng Kiat, 33, was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining work passes for 30 foreign workers as construction labour. It was fraudulent because the company, Jasper Contractors, did not require them and did not have work

31 03, 2017

Construction worker says he was asked to repair taxi gearbox

2019-08-30T16:31:33+08:00March 31st, 2017|Articles, Stories|

Singapore is so short of labour that a well-known taxi company has been relying on construction workers to run its vehicle workshops. They are asked to clean the taxis, but also "do gearbox repair," says Uddin Jashim, 31, a former worker there. Your writer asks him, with some concern, "Do you know how to repair

17 08, 2014

In three months: Three scams and one hantam

2019-08-30T16:33:05+08:00August 17th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

With additional reporting by Mohd Ridhwan Saju kept reminding his boss for the rest of his May 2014 salary. He had received only $300 compared to something over $1,000 he considered was rightly due. He had put in a lot of overtime work in May. "Ah Soon, he say later, later,"  reports Saju of his

17 05, 2014

Where the nose leads

2019-08-30T16:33:32+08:00May 17th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

With additional reporting by Chris Lee Eventually, the case ended in a rather unsatisfactory way. We can hardly fault Jalil Shaikh Bala Miah Shaikh, 27, for being frustrated with the outcome. His case shows how Singapore's work injury compensation system is stacked against migrant workers. Whenever an employer flatly denies to the authorities that an

11 04, 2014

Mover moves back home

2019-08-30T16:33:33+08:00April 11th, 2014|Articles, Stories|

Most men from Bangladesh dress quite conservatively. Compared to his compatriots, Sohel, standing at our front door, flashed a lot of skin. Your writer remarked to himself: This guy is halfway to becoming Singaporean. When Sohel opened his mouth, more proof flowed. He was fluent in Singlish. It turned out that for the better part of

29 11, 2013

Plug gaps in system to reduce illegal work

2019-08-30T16:34:15+08:00November 29th, 2013|Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

Transient Workers Count Too's letter in response to an article about foreign workers working illegally (Straits Times, Monday, 25 Nov 2013, summarised here) was published in the newspaper's letters section on Friday 29 November. This is the text of the letter: Plug gaps in system to reduce illegal work When injured or unpaid foreign workers

28 11, 2013

Straits Times blows whistle on injured workers working illegally

2019-08-30T16:34:15+08:00November 28th, 2013|Media Coverage, News|

The lead story in the Home Section of the Straits Times last Monday looked into foreign workers working illegally. ('Workers find illegal jobs through informal network', 25 Nov 2013). It was accompanied by a photograph that Transient Workers Count Too considers somewhat irresponsible. Only the lower half of the photograph is on this page. In

7 09, 2013

Maid used as ‘runner’ now can’t go anywhere

2019-08-30T16:34:19+08:00September 7th, 2013|Articles, Stories|

In the story Crime victim detained for months, we covered the case of Muthunayagam Saju who was robbed. After reporting the matter to the police, he has been kept in Singapore for months and months because he may be needed as a witness when the robber goes to court. He is not allowed to work

28 09, 2012

Nabbing immigration offenders affects Special Pass holders too

2019-08-30T16:35:24+08:00September 28th, 2012|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Uncategorized|

The drop in the number of immigration offenders was covered recently in the news: 2,077, 1,698, and 1,318 people were arrested for immigration offences in the first half of 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively [endnote 1]. The news story did not reveal whether these numbers included both male and female immigration offenders, who encounter significantly

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