Non-TWC2 activity: media interest

13 03, 2017

TWC2 and HOME submit joint shadow report on Bangladesh re Migrant Worker Convention

2019-08-30T16:31:34+08:00March 13th, 2017|Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

Transient Workers Count Too and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) submitted a joint shadow report to the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) on Bangladesh. It was submitted via the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. This

12 03, 2017

Give.asia 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 Give.asia -- a crowdfunding platform for people in need. In Rafiqul's case, he had won a Labour Court case,

19 01, 2017

Straits Times: Labour Court can’t make employer pay

2019-08-30T16:31:35+08:00January 19th, 2017|Articles, News, News Flash, Stories|

Islam Rafiqul's case was highlighted in a full-page story in the Straits Times 19 January 2017. Headlined "Labour Court can't make employer pay", it described this Bangladeshi worker's plight, having been owed over $7,363 in unpaid wages. His case went through the usual channels at the Ministry of Manpower, resulting in him winning a Labour

12 09, 2016

The name of the devil is process: how regulatory process creates and sustains the disempowerment and injustices faced by migrant labour

2019-08-30T16:32:00+08:00September 12th, 2016|Articles, Happenings, News, Our Stand|

For a few years now, Transient Workers Count Too has been asked to give a talk to journalists gathered at the annual Asia Journalism Fellowship. The following videos are adapted from the talk that Alex Au gave on 8 September 2016.  There were about 20 journalists in TWC2's Dayspace, from various Asian countries, Pakistan to

10 11, 2015

A Singapore company at the heart of fisherman trafficking — New York Times

2019-08-30T16:32:23+08:00November 10th, 2015|Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

The New York Times has an exposé on Step Up Marine, a manning agency operating out of Singapore's Chinatown, and its network of recruiters in neighbouring countries. Young men are deceived and entrapped into horrendously abusive jobs on fishing trawlers, including Eril Andrade who died at sea. Court papers in the Philippines point the finger clearly

17 06, 2015

MOM to require salary slips from 2016?

2019-08-30T16:32:29+08:00June 17th, 2015|News, News Flash, Our Stand|

Buried within a news story in the Sunday Times (More foreign workers seek help over wage woes, 14 June 2015) was this sentence: Next year, employers must issue itemised payslips and provide written key employment terms, to prevent salary disputes, MOM said. A check at the ministry's website does not indicate any recent announcement on

14 06, 2015

Today newspaper reports on our ‘day off’ findings

2019-08-30T16:32:30+08:00June 14th, 2015|Media Coverage, News|

Today newspaper devoted a full page to our newly-released research report on weekly day off for domestic workers. Of the 195 respondents surveyed by the non-governmental organisation from July 2013 to October last year, only 41 per cent said they had four rest days each month. Close to a quarter said they got either one

10 01, 2015

Months after initial complaints to ministry, housing and salary abuses still surfacing

2019-08-30T16:32:54+08:00January 10th, 2015|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Stories|

We didn't at first plan to write up their story because it was a story we've heard countless times before -- not that their plight was any less distressful for them. The men from Harri Construction complained of unpaid salaries, losing their jobs, and terrible conditions at their quarters. But two months later, the Straits