Process stage: labour court

10 11, 2017

Basic salary stated in IPA is “prima facie” the applicable basic salary, rules the High Court

2019-08-30T16:31:09+08:00November 10th, 2017|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, News Flash, Our Stand|

In a landmark judgment released 1 November 2017, the High Court has ruled that the basic salary stated in the In-Principle Approval for a Work Permit (IPA) "would constitute prima facie evidence" of the correct basic salary rate, unless the employer can prove otherwise. The bar for proving otherwise was also set very high. This

15 09, 2017

Employer proclaims he lied to ministry, then gets away with paying less in salary

2019-08-30T16:31:30+08:00September 15th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

Transient Workers Count Too came across a very interesting statement by Mr Tan Khim Long, director of KBC Engineering Pte Ltd. The company was defending a salary claim by a former employee, a Bangladeshi named Showkat, for short-payment of salary. The case was heard by the Manpower Ministry's Labour Court in late 2016 and early

2 08, 2017

Worker had to pay $80 to get his own payslips

2019-08-30T16:31:32+08:00August 2nd, 2017|Articles, Stories|

We shall call the worker Towhid. He was paid less than promised through several months of work. After lodging a complaint at the Ministry of Manpower, his case went before the Labour Court, which strictly speaking is an administrative tribunal within the ministry, not a judicial court. Nonetheless, one would expect the tribunal to have

10 07, 2017

Today Weekend features our Everglory scam story

2019-08-30T16:31:32+08:00July 10th, 2017|Media Coverage, News|

Our earlier story on the Everglory Construction case (The Everglory scam: productivity incentive shot to pieces) caught the attention of the press. Today Weekend (a newspaper) carried a story titled "Efforts to raise quality of construction workforce hamstrung by dishonest firms" on 8 July 2017, based on our exposé. The newspaper article can be found at this link:

30 06, 2017

Straits Times reports on ‘gaps in Labour Court system’ and the plight of 5 Zach Engineering employees

2019-08-30T16:31:32+08:00June 30th, 2017|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

Following the launch of TWC2's research report yesterday (see Labour protection for the vulnerable: challenges and recommendations), the Straits Times carried two stories Friday (30 June 2017) almost filling up all of page B4.   Click to enlarge The newspaper noted that our research study found "significant obstacles and uneven enforcement" that prevent

29 06, 2017

Labour protection for the vulnerable: challenges and recommendations

2019-08-30T16:31:32+08:00June 29th, 2017|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Press Releases|

A new study released by Transient Workers Count Too on 29 June 2017 reveals challenges faced by low-wage migrant workers with unpaid salaries and workplace injuries in obtaining compensation and recourse. The study, conducted by researchers at the Singapore Management University (“SMU”) and Transient Workers Count Too (“TWC2”), reveals that significant numbers of workers face

25 06, 2017

The Everglory scam: productivity incentive shot to pieces

2019-08-30T16:31:32+08:00June 25th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

Bikas (left) and Mazibar (right) were two highly experienced workers from the group of five This is a story of how one branch of the government undermines what another branch is trying to do. Low productivity in the construction industry has been a concern for years. Among the measures being tried is a push

12 03, 2017 and the Straits Times snatch two men from the jaws of penury

2019-08-30T16:31:34+08:00March 12th, 2017|Articles, Happenings, Media Coverage, News, Stories|

Islam Rafiqul and Sujan Ahmed were downcast when they first approached TWC2 for help. But by the time they went back to Bangladesh, their faith in Singaporeans was fully restored, thanks to the Straits Times and -- a crowdfunding platform for people in need. In Rafiqul's case, he had won a Labour Court case,